First Published: 2006-01-24

 
Al-Babtain, first library dedicated to Arabic poetry
 

Arab poets get their dream of a library that archives their works for reference, future generations.

 

Middle East Online

By Asmaa J. Yaqoub - KUWAIT

From a dream to a reality

Al-Babtain Central Library for Arabic Poetry can be considered the first and largest library specialising in Arabic poetry.

The foundation stone of the library was laid in Kuwait on the 6th of January, 2002 by Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, then First Deputy Prime Minister.

This initiative by Mr. Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain, the library owner and founder, fulfilled his dream as of thousands of Arab poets looking forward to having a certain institution, repository or library dedicated to Arabic poetry that protects their works against the winds of carelessness, oblivion and loss and preserves it in one place for Arabic poetry lovers, readers and intellectuals.

The library building was designed in such a way that reflects the spirit of Kuwait, Arab culture and poetry in general, from the Pre-Islamic era to the present time.

Mrs. Suad Al-Ateeqi, one of the highly qualified Kuwaiti professionals in the field of library and information science who had a great experience in Kuwait University libraries, was selected for the position of "Library Director", along with a qualified staff of technicians, paraprofessionals, executives, poets and librarians.

The library collection totaled more than 72,000 books excluding periodicals and electronic resources. Collections are still being received from all over the world.

Users can find almost all the resources related to Arabic poetry such as references, books, periodicals, divans, manuscripts, theses and electronic resources.

The library is planning to open its doors to the public in the near future. The inauguration day will be the day of Arabic poetry in the eyes of all Arab poets coming from different artistic and intellectual schools and directions.

 

Austria adopts 'Islam of European character'

Netanyahu speech to test resilience of US-Israeli ties

IS executioner identity revealed

HRW: Kurds preventing return of Arabs to disputed Iraq areas

FIFA cites 'problems' in worker conditions for Qatar World Cup

Rouhani adviser blames ‘extremists’ for rights violations

US-led coalition raids IS targets in northeastern Syria

3 sentenced to death over Bahrain police killings

Hollande condemns French MPs for meeting Assad

One dead in series of Cairo bombings

UN Security Council calls for stepping up Yemen talks

Kerry: US, Iran have 'mutual interest' in defeating IS

Australian FM warns women against 'romantic adventure' with IS

Lebanese synagogue gets second life

Tuareg chief issues plea for Mali unity

UN: Saleh amassed between $32-60 billion

Libyan FM warns country could be next Syria

Iran rejects US claims of role in Yemen crisis

French planes on Gulf-based carrier make first strikes

Top US official warns against Netanyahu speech to congress

Four French MPs meet Assad in Syria

Mosque torched near Bethlehem

Egypt TV host faces trial for false bathhouse accusations

Turkey drives hard bargain over crucial missile deal

Obama nominates first US ambassador to Somalia since 1991

Obama praises Qatar as 'strong partner' in fighting IS

Saudi goes hi-tech against IS threat

Sisi grants Egypt authorities sweeping anti-terror powers

Algeria police prevent anti-shale gas protest

Turkey revives Istanbul canal plan

Egypt to host Arab League summit end of March

Madrid breaks up online network recruiting young women for IS

Jordan delivers military equipment to Lebanon

Britain 'too late' to inform Turkey on missing girls

Palestinians ordered to pay over $218 million over Jerusalem attacks

French president vows tougher penalties for hate speech

More Egyptians fleeing Libya

Russia voices confidence of Iran nuclear deal

Qatar emir in US amid accusations of backing Islamist groups

Kerry, Zarif hold talks again on Iran nuclear programme

Libya parliament suspends participation in UN talks

1,000 Egyptians evacuated from Libya

Egypt jails 2011 pro-democracy activist for 5 years

Russia offers Iran missiles despite sanctions

Egypt embassy in Sanaa shut over 'bad' security