Dissertation Information for Mohamed Makki Sibai
- Mohamed Makki Sibai
- Library and Information Science
- Indiana University (USA) (1984)
- David Kaser
- Margaret R. Sheviak
- George Whitbeck
- Robert H. Shaffer
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: AN HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION OF MOSQUE LIBRARIES IN ISLAMIC LIFE AND CULTURE
Abstract: Although agreement among historians is almost unanimous that mosques were the first places where books were to be found in Muslim society and that many of these book collections gradually grew in size and quality into full-fledged libraries, very little has been written about this important segment of Muslim librarianship. There is not, either in Arabic or in any other language, a single consecutive account which explores the history of mosque libraries or their close affinity to Muslim scholarship. This is particularly significant in view of the fact that these libraries seem to have had a more diverse and dynamic life than Muslim or non-Muslim writers have thus far recognized in any meaningful detail.
Purely historical in nature, this study is undertaken in an effort to remedy that situation. This thesis attempts to accomplish two primary objectives. First, there is evidence that a number of mosque libraries grew out of the Muslim custom of bequeathing copies of the Quran to favorite mosques. There is more evidence, however, that a considerable number of these libraries were born of the widespread Muslim acceptance and active utilization of the mosque as a principal learning center. An important objective of this study therefore is to investigate the institution of the mosque as it relates to Muslim scholarship.
Secondly, there is evidence that many mosque libraries have reached high stages of development as well as social prominence. Being an integral part of their parent mosques, these libraries were not merely storehouses or reading rooms but working libraries in the full sense of the word. Hence, the second and main objective of this thesis is to investigate the historical growth of mosque libraries per se. This investigation therefore covers a large number of mosque libraries in an attempt to formulate a coherent picture of their functions and operations through history.
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