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Before There Was 4 Corners: Previous Blogposts by the Near East Section

Between December 2015 and April 2016 when the “4 Corners of the World” blog was created, reference specialists and curators of the African and Middle Eastern Division had written a number of posts for the Library’s various blogs. A recent post, “An Ingathering of the Exiles, Digital Style: Previous Blogs from the Hebraic Section,” lists all those related to the Hebraic collections. As a complement to this ingathering effort, you will find the other blogposts that were created by the Near East Section before there was “4 Corners.”

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Three Magi-aHighlighting the Holidays: An Armenian “Three Magi” at the Library of Congress
December 23, 2015 (Originally posted on the Library of Congress Blog)

When I began working at the Library of Congress in 1992 as the Armenian and Georgian Area Specialist to the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, it was as if a wonderfully extended Christmas began […]

Tusi Manuscript - TableNewly Acquired Arabic Manuscript on Early Astronomy and Mathematics
January 13, 2016 (Originally posted on the Library of Congress Blog)

The Library of Congress’s African and Middle Eastern Division recently added to its treasure trove a very important 15th century Arabic manuscript on astronomy and mathematics […]

MInassian - BookbindingHe Came from the Near East
January 20, 2016 (Originally posted on the Library of Congress Blog)

If you read last month’s Christmas-related blog post “An Armenian ‘Three Magi’ at the Library of Congress” by Levon Avdoyan, you may be wondering how the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division acquired some of its collections […]

Stones5Thinking back on a productive residency
February 23, 2016 (Originally posted on the Insights: Scholarly Work at the John W. Kluge Center)

As Jason Steinhauer mentioned in his recent blog post about studying the Middle East at the Library of Congress, the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division is among the most important repositories in the world for research materials on the Middle East. Since its inception […]

Garabedian 1The Ottoman Armenian Merchant from Arapkir
February 29, 2016 (Originally posted on the Library of Congress Blog)

Poghos Garabedian started his personal memoirs with a flourish. Within the next 41 pages, this merchant in the Ottoman Empire – originally from Arapkir in the region of Malatya, Turkey – would detail his extensive mercantile travels to Constantinople, the Crimea, Arapkir and Eastern Europe […]

Persian bookA Millennium of Persian Literary Tradition Digitized
March 10, 2016 (Originally posted on The Signal: Digital Preservation)

The exciting thing about working at the Library is that you start with one project and it leads you to another, and then another […]

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Easter Week Illuminations
March 27, 2016 (Originally posted on the Library of Congress Blog)

The feast of Easter is arguably the holiest of holidays for the various Christian denominations but especially for the Eastern Churches – among those, the Armenian Church. For it, Easter Week (Avag Shabat, the “Holy” or “Great” Week), begins on Monday preceding the crucifixion and […]

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