Documenting the Books in Abdelrahman Munif’s Missing Library

I found this just a really interesting story.


Late last month, Fehras Publishing Practices held a launch event at which they issued a first draft of When the Library Was Stolen, a book that refers to the private library of the great Saudi novelist Abdelrahman Munif (1933-2004):

Photo: Fehras Publishing Practices. Photo: Fehras Publishing Practices.

Like a miniature, modern-day Kitāb al-Fihrist — the tenth-century work by Ibn al-Nadim that gave an account of the books available in Arabic in his time — When the Library Was Stolen gives an account of each of Munif’s missing books. According to the publishing house:

The theft of Munif’s library has recently been addressed and widely covered in the Arabic media. To this Fehras Publishing Practices has decided to issue a book that documents the titles of the existing publications of the library. Munif’s Library consists of approximately 10.000 publications from the field of politics, philosophy, arts, literature and poetry. Encompassing a wide span of…

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