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Posted On: 17 August 2008 11:01 am
Updated On: 6 March 2020 01:20 pm

Islamic Museum gets valuable book

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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A valuable book was donated to the Museum of Islamic Art by Dr Bakr M Nour, a US citizen from Egypt who lives and works in Qatar. The book is a handwritten manuscript believed to be around 450 years old. Titled Al Shifaa Fi Akhbar Al Mostafa, the book has each page ornamented with a gold leaf frame, with an additional gold Islamic relief in the facing page. “This is a precious book we have received; it signifies Qatar’s valuable heritage that is preserved by a caring Qatari citizen,” said Abdulla Al Najjar, Chief Executive Officer of the QMA. The book contains valuable information that can be used for Islamic studies, particularly in the field of Islamic medicine. “This book belonged to my family for over 100 years. My family and I rejected the idea of selling it to auction houses. When it started to deteriorate, I felt thye need to donate it to an Islamic museum that can preserve and display it,” Dr Nour said. Dr Nour is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. The Pen