3rd June 2021
On 3rd June 2021, the Managing Director of Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, Mr Sali Shahsivari, and the head of the Datasets and Online Database, Mrs Karima Benaicha, welcomed Dr Raja El-Aoudi-Adouni, archaeologist and epigraphist specialising in Arab and Islamic inscriptions at Tunisian National Heritage Institute, a decorated professor at the Higher Institute of Literary Studies and Humanities - Tunis University, previous Director of the National Centre of Calligraphy, and current Scientific Director of National Centre of the Historical and Archaeological Landmarks - Tunis.
Dr El-Aoudi-Adouni expressed her delight to be able to visit the Foundation and its Library, where she found some of the rare and unique references in her field of interest.
Mr Shahsivari and Dr El-Aoudi-Adouni had a long discussion about Dr El-Aoudi-Adouni unique research work in the field of Islamic inscriptions, which helped in completing the missing parts of renowned family trees, including Ibn Khaldun’s family tree. The discussion covered also the ways in which the field of inscriptions is intertwined with the field of Islamic manuscripts.
Dr El-Aoudi-Adouni expressed her wish in building bridges of cooperation between the Al-Furqan Foundation and the Tunisian National Heritage Institute, in order to promote the Islamic written heritage. She also expressed her wish in translating the unique archaeological project and book, published by Al-furqan, under the title “The House of Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid (God bless her) in Makkah al-Mukarramah”, from Arabic to French
At the end of the visit, Mr Shahsivari and Dr El-Aoudi-Adouni exchanged some publications.
Dr Al-Oudi gifted her renowned published book in French, under the title“Stèles funéraires tunisoises de l'époque Hafside: 628-975/1230-1574” (2 volumes). In turn, Mr Shahsivari presented to Dr Al-Oudi a copy of the Arabic and English version of the book “The House of Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid (God bless her) in Makkah al-Mukarramah”, to honour Dr Al-Oudi’s academic specialty, and a copy of the book “The Journey of Muhammad Al-Jūdī (Muftī of Kairouan) to Hajj”, to honour Dr Al-Oudi’s country of origin.