the marvels of the past to the wonders of the digital age, the tour
ends with a review of the e-publications of the Center, prepared
using state-of-the-art techniques, creating a tie between this rich
heritage and today's advanced thinking and technology.
• Virtual Visits
Every two years, the layout and contents of the Manuscript and
Rare Book Exhibition Gallery is changed in order to display as much
information concerning the manuscripts and rare books held by the BA
as possible. As the Exhibition Gallery changes its format on regular
intervals, each display is registered digitally on a CD. This first
CD is the means through which the Manuscript Exhibition Gallery could be
virtually visited as it was in the first year after the
inauguration, before its refurbishment, comprising data and a
general view of the Exhibition Gallery as well as its various displays
introduced through informative descriptions provided in six
languages; Arabic, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
• Papyrus of the Ancient Library of Alexandria
The only surviving vestige from the ancient library of
Alexandria, currently kept in the National Library of Vienna is made
available on a special browser, prepared by the Heritage Publishing
Section, whereby the visitor can obtain a closer view of the
condition and text of this invaluable possession.
• Digital Manuscript Library:
The preservation of the lifetime of every manuscript is
essential to the longevity and benefit of the information they
contain. Heritage cannot afford to be lost to lack of care, insects
or inappropriate climatic conditions. Thus, the original manuscripts
are carefully stored in the Manuscript Reading Room and accessible
only to postgraduate researchers. However, the information held
within these works are made accessible to all through the digitizing
of manuscripts. They are placed in full on a CD which can be
purchased and accessed on any home computer or through the virtual
browsers located within the Exhibition Gallery. The viewer can then read page
by page the entire manuscript at will without affecting the lifetime
of the manuscript. Two main collections have been produced to date
covering 14 important manuscripts.
• Through an agreement with the Swedish Touch and Turn Company, 3
manuscripts have been placed on another form of virtual browser,
giving the effect of actually turning the pages:
• A Holy Qur’an dating back to the 18th century AD, 12th century AH.
• Sunan Ibn Mājah
• Māhiyat al-Athar alladhī Yabdū ‘alā Wajh al-Qamar- ‘The Trace on
the Moon’s Face’ by Ibn al-Haytham
• The production of an Egyptian version of the Touch and Turn
Browser was established by the Manuscript Center, providing access
to another 3 important manuscripts:
• Risāla fīl ‘Ulūm al-Hadītha- 'Treatise on Modern Sciences'
• al-I‘lām bi- San al-Hijra ilā al-Šām- 'Informing of the
Justification for Immigration to al-Šām'
• Muqaddima fī al-Tasawwuf - ‘Introduction to Sufism’ by al-Sulamī