Visit to the Institute of Arabic Manuscripts in Cairo

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On Monday, 12 December 2022, Mr Sali Shahsivari, Managing Director of Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation visited the Institute of Arabic Manuscripts in Cairo. He was accompanied by Mr Mohammad Drioueche, Head of Projects & Publications at Al-Furqān Foundation, and Mr Amgad Mohamed Shehata, Coordinator of Al-Furqān’s Cairo Office. The visit was undertaken within the frame of the protocol of friendship, cooperation, and understanding between the two organisations.

Dr Mourad Al-Rifi, Director of the Institute of Arabic Manuscripts, and Dr Ahmad Abdel Basit, responsible for the Institute’s training programmes and refereed journal, welcomed the visiting delegation.

Mr Sali Shahsivari expressed his immense gratitude for the kind reception, warm welcome, and generous hospitality. Furthermore, he expressed his sincere congratulations and best wishes on Dr Mourad Al-Rifi’s appointment as Director of the Institute, wishing him success, and further achievements  in this  mission for civilisation . He added that the principle objective behind the visit was to reinforce cooperation, and strengthen relations between both organisations, and be apprised of the experiences of the venerable Institute of Arabic Manuscripts in the field of protecting and promoting Islamic heritage. He expressed his confidence that this meeting would be an important step towards reinforcing relations and cooperation between the two organisations.

In turn, Dr Mourad Al-Rifi thanked the Managing Director of Al-Furqān Foundation for this kind and graceful gesture, i.e. visiting the Institute of Arab Manuscripts. He emphasised that the Institute was keen to work with Al-Furqān Foundation on projects and initiatives of common interest to both organisations, which lay the foundation and open new horizons to work in protecting and developing heritage. He then articulated the key features of the Institute’s plan and higher objectives in the current phase and forthcoming days, especially the work of preparing a unified Arab strategy for the Arabic manuscript.

On his part, Mr Sali Shahsivari presented a brief overview of the role undertaken by Al-Furqān Foundation. In addition, it was also working to establish close relations of cooperation with other academic organisations and centres sharing the same interests, irrespective of political, cultural, and religious barriers.

At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to continue consultation and efforts to reinforce and cement the ties of cooperation, as well as exchange scientific experience, to secure common aims and goals.

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