The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar; Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of the Council of Muslim Elders, visited on Friday “Al-Biruni Institute of Manuscripts” in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, within the framework of his current visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The Director of the Institute talked with Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb about the most prominent manuscripts that it contains, and explained the mechanisms used in preserving, restoring and securing historical manuscripts.
He added that “Al-Biruni Institute of Manuscripts” -which was opened in 2017- includes more than 26 thousand written manuscripts, in addition to about 40 thousand printed manuscripts.
Dr. Al-Tayeb also visited the precious manuscript room at the institute, which includes included parts of a rare version of the Koran -more than 1000 years old-, besides a copy of the interpretation of Imam Abd al-Qaher al-Baghdadi, who died in 429 AH, as well as manuscripts of the famous scholar Abu al-Rayhan al-Biruni.
Earlier on Thursday, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar held a series of talks with senior officials in Uzbekistan, including President Shaukat Mirdiyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Abdullah Arefov and Nemehullah Yuldashiv, President of the Senate. After which; his honorary doctorate was awarded by the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, in recognition of his outstanding contributions and efforts to clarify the tolerance of Islam and to promote a culture of tolerance and dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures.
The current visit of Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to the Republic of Uzbekistan comes at the official invitation of President Mirdiyev, as the second leg of his foreign tour that started from Kazakhstan, where he participated in the opening session of the “Conference of Religions’ Leaders” in the Kazakh capital of Astana.