Memory of the World Register – Arab States

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The first inscriptions on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register were made in 1997.[1] By creating a compendium of the world’s documentary heritage—manuscripts, oral traditions, audio-visual materials, library and archive holdings[2]—the program aims to tap on its networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for the preservation, digitization, and dissemination of documentary materials.[3] As of 2013, 193[citation needed] documentary heritages have been included in the Register, among them recordings of folk music, ancient languages and phonetics, aged remnants of religious and secular manuscripts, collective lifetime works of renowned giants of literature, science and music, copies of landmark motion pictures and short films, and accounts documenting changes in the world’s political, economic and social stage. Of these, six properties were nominated by countries from the region of the Arab States.

List by country/territory[edit]

The sarcophagus of Ahiram in Lebanon contains the oldest known inscription of Phoenician alphabet, the prototype for all alphabets in the world.[4]
Country/Territory Documentary heritage[A] Year
inscribed
Custodian(s), Location(s) Reference
Egypt Memory of the Suez Canal 1997 Egyptian Embassy, Paris [5]
Egypt National Library of Egypt's Collection of Malmuk Qur'an Manuscripts 2013 National Archives of Egypt, Cairo [6]
Egypt Deeds of Sultans and Princes 2005 National Archives of Egypt, Cairo [7]
Egypt Persian Illustrated and Illuminated Manuscripts 2007 National Library and Archives of Egypt, Cairo [8]
Lebanon The Phoenician Alphabet 2005 National Museum, Beirut [4]
Lebanon Commemorative stela of Nahr el-Kalb, Mount Lebanon 2005 Municipality of Zouk Mosbeh; Municipality of Dbayeh [9]
Saudi Arabia Earliest Islamic (Kufic) Inscription 2003 near al-Ula, northwest of Saudi Arabia [10]

Notes[edit]

^ A. Names and spellings provided are based on the official list released by the Memory of the World Programme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Third Meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Programme". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  2. ^ "UNESCO MEMORY OF THE WORLD PROGRAMME: The Asia-Pacific Strategy". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. 1999-04-17. Archived from the original on 2005-02-28. Retrieved 2004-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Twenty-three new inscriptions on Memory of the World Register of Documentary Collections". UNESCO Press. 2003-09-01. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  4. ^ a b "The Phoenician Alphabet". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Memory of the Suez Canal". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  6. ^ "National Library of Egypt's Collection of Malmuk Qur'an Manuscripts". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Deeds of Sultans and Princes". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Persian Illustrated and Illuminated Manuscripts". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Commemorative stela of Nahr el-Kalb, Mount Lebanon". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Earliest Islamic (Kufic) Inscription". UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
Notes

^ A. Names and spellings provided are based on the official list released by the Memory of the World Programme.

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