US Department of State Awards Grant to Azerbaijani Institute of Manuscripts
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 July / corr Trend , J.Babayeva US Department of State awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 to the Mohammad Fuzuli Institute of Manuscripts of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. The purpose of the grant is to provide much-needed equipment to help the Institute properly and safely store and display some of the 40,000 Azeri, Turkish, Uzbek, Persian and Arabic works on medicine, astronomy, mathematics, poetry, philosophy, law, history and geography, as well as rare Korans dating back to the 15th century.
The project will help to renew the Institute's outdated heating and air-conditioning system, provide power to storage and displays rooms and equip the collection with a fire control system.
This grant will be awarded through the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. Since 2001, the Fund has supported more than 400 cultural preservation projects worldwide totaling $11.3mln. In Azerbaijan. The key objective of action is to demonstrate the US respect to the culture of all nations. Every year 135 countries of the world participate in grant programs under this action.
In Azerbaijan the Ambassadors Fund supported the restoration of an ancient Albanian Basilia in Qum, as well as the ongoing restoration of the mosque in Gala village, outskirts Baku.
While touring a special exhibit of some rare manuscripts, Assistant Secretary Ameri remarked that "once preserved and made accessible, this unique collection of manuscripts and documents will help deepen the world's appreciation of Azerbaijan's cultural legacy for many years to come.
The institute preserves manuscripts dated to the 9th-20th centuries. It has 12,000 manuscript books and approximately 50,000 written publications in Arab, Turkish and Persian languages.