Oldest library in Al-Raqqa ... It contains thousands of books

The Port Said Library in the city of Al-Raqqa, was established in 1957. It has been reciving books for more than sixty years, but few people pay it a visit nowadays due to the Syrian war.

Oldest library in Al-Raqqa ... It contains thousands of books
Oldest library in Al-Raqqa ... It contains thousands of books
Oldest library in Al-Raqqa ... It contains thousands of books
Oldest library in Al-Raqqa ... It contains thousands of books
Oldest library in Al-Raqqa ... It contains thousands of books
Oldest library in Al-Raqqa ... It contains thousands of books
3 November 2020   03:13
AL-RAQQA – AMMAR ABDUL LATIF

The library was considered one of the oldest libraries despite losing many of its contents after being repeatedly burned by ISIS mercenaries who imposed their extremist rule even on the books and libraries of Al-Raqqa.

The library is located near the Archaeological Museum of Al-Raqqa in the center of the city and it was a witness to the history of the cultural and political movement from the end of the 1950s.

The library, which was founded in 1957, was visited by many Syrian intellectuals, as the library contained many books, books and translations of international novels.

Ahmad Al-Khabour, was its founder and he tells the Hawar News Agency's reporter the reasons and the beginnings of the establishment of the library, as Al-Khabur was a member of the Arab Left Movement.

"The beginning was in the library’s specialization with the literature of the Arab leftist movement and the distribution of the party’s Al-Nour newspaper. This newspaper was widely read by a wide range of people and supporters of the party." He said.

Al-Khabour attributed the Al-Nour newspaper popularity and leftist thought in general to the fact that people believed that the leftist thought does justice to the workers and peasants class, and then the library was transformed from the communist thought into a comprehensive library containing various Islamic and cultural references, local, Arab and international newspapers.

Later, the library had a major role in Al-Raqqa cultural movement, since the sixties of the twentieth century.  It has been a meeting place for the youth and demonstrations against the colonialism in the Arab regions and the Baghdad pact.

According to Al-Khabour's account, the library witnessed throughout its history meetings of many political trends at the time, where the difference in political opinions was possible, but at the same time it reflected the real political life in then Syria.

The Port Said library is still trying to preserve its presence despite losing many of its users due to the Syrian war, as many of them lost their lives.

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