Precious preservation

Jerusalem museum rushes to restore, digitize centuries-old tattered treasures

Posted: February 8, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.

An employee (top photo) works on a restoration of an old manuscript at the al-Aqsa mosque library in Jerusalem.

In the 1920s, an urgent call went out to the literati across the Middle East from Arab leaders in Jerusalem: Send us your books so that we may protect them for generations to come. Jerusalem was soon flushed with writings of all kinds, to be stored and preserved at the new al-Aqsa mosque library.

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Religion, Pages 12 on 02/08/2014