Celebrate Ramadan Online with the National Library of Israel

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has just begun, and in honor of the event, the National Library of Israel has launched the “Ramadan Online” platform which offers multiple events and programs focusing on Islamic culture and related content. in Ramadan.

Available in Arabic and Hebrew, the platform includes exhibitions of rare manuscripts, Arabic music playlists, lectures, workshops, quizzes and games.

Ramadan resources and event updates in English are also available.

Celebrated this year between April 1 and May 1, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and marks the revelation of the Quran. Muslims around the world observe it with charity, fasts, prayers, family visits and festive meals.

In recent years, Ramadan celebrations have also served as a gateway for coexistence and educational programs where Arab and Jewish Israelis come together for joint activities.

This weekend, for example, the organization Shared Paths will organize tours and Ramadan meals in Hebrew in the Arab towns of Kafr Qasim, Tira and Sakhnin. An interfaith prayer service and iftar meal in Jerusalem will be led by the Interfaith Encounter Association and the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development.

Since the National Library of Israel launched its online Ramadan programming in 2020, tens of thousands of people from around the world have taken part. Last year, the National Library’s Arabic-language website received more than 2 million visits from 1.5 million users worldwide, a 125% increase over the last year.

The library features an extensive collection on Islam and the Middle East, including thousands of manuscripts and rare books in Arabic, Persian and Turkish dating from the 9th to the 20th centuries.

Materials now featured online in honor of Ramadan include fasting manuscripts from Qurans dating back to the Middle Ages, contemporary Arabic and Ramadan music, and photo galleries of prayers in Jerusalem over the years.

“We look forward to continuing the National Library’s tradition of bringing engaging and enriching content online to local and global audiences to celebrate Ramadan,” said Samuel Thrope, curator of the library’s Islam and Middle East collection. .

Here is the Ramadan inspired playlist uploaded by the library to help you get in the festive mood. Ramadan Kareem!

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