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18th November: National Day of Morocco

A brief about Morocco’s Islamic written heritage

The largest mosque in Morocco, and up there with one of the largest in the world. Sitting on the sea, the mosque’s prayer room is made of glass so that worshippers can pray directly over the sea.

Among the 106 countries included in the “World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts” (the flagship project undertaken by Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation between the years 1989 – 1994) was Morocco.

Morocco’s Islamic written heritage was surveyed in 1991, by Al-Mustafa Ben Abd Allah Boushouk.

This survey brought to light a wealth of information about the Country’s collections of Islamic manuscripts, by indicating: the cities and libraries that hold these manuscripts, the approximate number of manuscripts within each collection, the subjects and languages in which they are written, the conditions in which they are and whether they have been catalogued and studied, the particular significant manuscripts which they contain, etc.

According to this Survey, Morocco has just over 32,490 manuscripts, held in 32 libraries (private and institutional). These libraries have mostly been established between 1130 – 1980, and their collections vary between 10 and 12,000 manuscripts.

Colorful fountain with drinking water on house wall in famous blue town of Chefchaouen. Morocco, North Africa
Source note:
This information was published in the following book:
“World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts” (English version), 1997-2002, Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, London, UK, Vol. 2, pp. 299-344.

Please note that some of the images used in this online version might not be part of the published version of this article within the respective book.

The data figures, the names, and other details are overall reflecting those of the time when the Survey was conducted.

Important note:
The Foundation is striving to update these details in progress; and, Your help in this regard would be much appreciated.

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