Exhibition on Syria’s History Opens at Qatar National Library

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Published November 25th, 2018 - 06:27 GMT
The exhibition allows visitors to explore how political events during the French mandate in Syria affected the country’s cultural heritage.
The exhibition allows visitors to explore how political events during the French mandate in Syria affected the country’s cultural heritage.

An exhibition illustrating the history of Syria from 1918 to 1946 opened yesterday at Qatar National Library. The exhibition allows visitors to explore how political events during the French mandate in Syria affected the country’s cultural heritage.

Organized in cooperation with the Museum of Islamic Art, the exhibition is entitled ‘Syria Under the French Mandate: 1918–1946,’ and runs until 30 April 2019. It features forty items from the Library’s Heritage Collection and from cultural institutions in France, including historical documents and images, geographical maps, printed books and photographs.

The exhibition is taking place in parallel with the ‘Syria Matters’ exhibition organized by the Museum of Islamic Art, which also explores Syria’s rich cultural heritage.

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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, the Library fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, we provide equal access for all of Qatar's residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all our functions, we provide leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector.

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