Throughout its history, the Library of Alexandria has played a major role in the dissemination of ancient and modern cultures. It was the primary source of knowledge in Egypt, and it continued its mission of disseminating knowledge and science after it was renovated — yet again — to keep up with progress and to acquire new means of spreading knowledge.
Recently, scientific progress in digital technology has added a new dimension and represented a remarkable development in the field of library and information science. This great development has led the Library of Alexandria to adopt digital publishing to make information available to all researchers and those interested in science and knowledge. The move included all of the library’s research centers, particularly the Calligraphy Center.
The Calligraphy Center deals with inscriptions, calligraphy and writings of the world throughout the ages, from the predynastic period up to the digital age. Linking numerous disciplines related to languages and calligraphy, it studies each field separately, such as linguistics and the science of evolution of calligraphy, and writings and anthropology.
In terms of education, the center aims to provide activities that fulfill its mission toward society, such as holding permanent and temporary calligraphy and inscriptions exhibitions, holding educational workshops, offering a variety of sessions to teach ancient calligraphy to children and adults and giving lectures during the cultural season targeting the public and professionals.
Academically, the center carries out several activities related to its field of work. It issues publications in the field of inscriptions and writings, completes research projects — whether short, medium or long term — and hosts scientific conferences that are the gathering point of calligraphists from around the world.
Perhaps one of the most important publications of the center is Abgadiyat, a scientific journal that publishes the latest discoveries and theories on writings, inscriptions and calligraphy in the world across the ages. Abgadiyat’s website covers the study, analysis and documentation of these inscriptions and writings from the start of prehistoric times to the modern era.
The center signed a cooperative agreement with Brill Publishing House, one of the most prominent publishing institutions in the world, to print and distribute the Abgadiyat journal around the globe. The publisher was also tasked with updating Abgadiyat’s website so that it would be able to receive research online and thus be on par with other international electronic journals.