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Amid the Alien Corn: Scrolls of Ruth at the Library of Congress

(The Following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The Scroll of Ruth is one of the five biblical scrolls, and with its pastoral beauty and idyllic-like quality is surely one of the most popular books in the Hebrew Bible. The story, which unfolds in the fields of […]

A Haggadah with a Chinese Touch

On the shelves of the Hebraic rare book collection, housed in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, sits a Haggadah published in Amsterdam in 1781, by the Widow and Sons of Jacob Proops, a very well-established Hebrew printing press. According to Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist, this Haggadah is listed in two classic bibliographies: […]

Book as Microcosm: A Unique Hebrew Copy of Ibn Sina’s Canon

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) The book is bound in dark brown leather over wooden boards, its tooled surface rubbed smooth with age. Its envelope-style binding, common to works in the Muslim world, is highly unusual in the world of Hebrew […]

Reflections on Symbols of Women’s History in Modern Context

(The Following is a post by Joan Weeks, Head, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) With the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, images of suffragettes and suffragists marching for voting rights, or women on the assembly lines such as “Rosie the Riveter,” were frequently displayed around the country. In February 1980, […]

Hello from the “4 Corners of the World”!

Welcome to “4 Corners of the World,” a blog dedicated to international collections and studies at the Library of Congress. This blog is a collaborative social media initiative by the Library’s four area studies divisions — African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European and Hispanic. Posts on this blog will highlight important research resources as well […]