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News

British Library launches bilingual website showcasing 1,300 Hebrew manuscript treasures

20 November 2017

The British Library's first ever bilingual web resource shows off its collection of Hebrew manuscripts

Two Centuries of Indian Print project shortlisted for Newton Prize

27 October 2017

Recognising the digitisation project

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Blog posts

The Establishment of BBC Arabic & Egyptian 'Nahwy'

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

On January 3rd 1938, the BBC’s first ever foreign language radio station – BBC Arabic – made its inaugural broadcast. The station was launched in almost direct response to Radio Bari, the Arabic-language radio station of the Italian Government that...

Vietnamese traditional markets

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

One striking feature of South East Asia is its traditional markets. They can be easily set up in any available space in communities, with vendors laying out their goods on makeshift stalls or on street pavements. Despite global and international...

A Hindu munshi’s ‘Chain of Yogis’: a Persian manuscript in the Mackenzie Collection

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Reading about the recently opened exhibition ‘Collector Extraordinaire, Mackenzie Collection exhibition’ at Lews Castle, Stornoway, in the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides - see our recent post Colin Mackenzie, collector extraordinaire -, I was reminded that there was a small...

Illumination and decoration in Chinese Qur'ans

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A seventeenth-century Qur’an from China in the British Library recently attracted much interest in a belated Eid show-and-tell arranged for the local community. This provides an ideal opportunity to go into more detail about the British Library’s collection of Chinese...

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