The Greater Amman Municipality is inaugurating, next month, the library of the late Jordanian historian and scholar Sulaiman Mousa, which is specialized in the History of Jordan. GAM has started building the library in June, and is taking part in printing all of Mousa's literary works.
President of Jedara University, Dr. Ali Mahaftha praised GAM's role in restoring the cultural heritage of Jordan. During the meeting of Mousa's honorary committee at the library, Mahaftha said that GAM's efforts to establish this library that concentrates on all writings regarding Jordan's history will help enhance the rebuilding of Jordanian memory to stay alive the minds and hearts of the generations to come.
The committee comprises representatives of GAM, the Ministry of Culture, and Jordanian Writers League. It meets regularly to discuss the required plans to make the library a source of knowledge and science pertinent to the history of Jordan. The committee called for preparing a comprehensive book of all writings, in cooperation with the Jordanian universities, research and knowledge institutions, and main libraries.
The committee also advised for the acquisition of books, research papers and articles on Jordan's history, estimated at 2000 books and subjects. It also called on the concerned parties to hold an annual scientific seminar on the history of Jordan attended by Arab and foreign researchers.
Executive Director of Culture Department at GAM, Samer Khair Ahmad said that by allocating a library named after the late Sulaiman Mousa comes in honor of his role, and in recognition of his books that tell the history of Jordan and its development.
He noted that the library was divided into three branches, one for the old history of Jordan (Ammonites, Moabites, and Nabataeans), the second for the old and modern documents of Jordan's history, and the third is for the documents of the Great Arab Revolt. A separate branch will include CDs showing documentaries about Jordan and its history, to be available for the library's researchers and visitors.
Suleiman Mousa Library will be linked with a special database on the Internet, related to the libraries of the Jordanian universities. It will include books in Arabic and English.
GAM's Public Libraries Department is supervising the library's internal design, equipping it of all the required furniture and tools, providing visitors with convenient ambiance for reading, and enhancing its splendor and appeal.
It is worth mentioning that the late Sulaiman Mousa (1919 – 2008) was one of the prominent Jordanian writers, as he focused on different aspects, and some of his writings were translated into different languages.
His earlier writings were "Hussein Bin Ali and the Great Arab Revolt", "Landmarks of Jordan", "Faces and Facets: Portraits", "Images of Heroism", and ending with his personal biography and memoirs, around 80 scholarly works.
The late Mousa has many writings on the history of Jordan, its development, including the founding of the Emirate of Jordan, Jordan's historic sites, the modern political history of Jordan, unforgettable days: Jordan During the 1948 War.
Other works include the Emirate of Trans Jordan: Its Foundation and Development in 25 Years, studies on the modern history of Jordan (papers of modern history), Prince Zaid's memoirs: Wars in Jordan, history of Jordan in the 20th Century (Second Part). With this book, Mousa had recited the great courage of Jordan and its citizens.
The late Mousa also wrote about the history of Jordan and Palestine, titled "Trips in Jordan and Palestine (two parts)", "Oh Jerusalem" (translated). His writings on the Great Arab Revolt include "The Arab Movement", "Lawrence and Arabs" (an Arabic point of view) - translated into several languages, "Historic Correspondence", "War in Hijaz 1916 - 1918".
Mousa has many writings and short stories, including "Al-Majhoul" (The Anonymous), "Mashahed Awraq Min Dafater Al-Ayyam" (Scenes from the Diaries), "Al-Zawja Al-Methaliya" (The Perfect Wife), among other stories. He also wrote for the youth, including "Fi Sabeel Al-Hurriya" (For the Sake of Freedom) – The story of the Great Arab Revolt.
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