The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Library has a large number of rare books about Palestine, with publication dates ranging from 1615 CE to 1930 CE. The authors of these books were primarily European travelers wishing to show maps, landscapes, city views and architecture, as well as the customs of the people they met. It is possible to trace the changes in the Holy City of Jerusalem by comparing the different images illustrating these books. We can also find views of mosques such as the Mosque of Omar and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, with fascinating images of prayer inside the buildings. The natural beauty and peaceful calm of the countryside are seen in collections of watercolor landscapes and engravings.
Through the MIA Library, you have the opportunity to access the museum's resources, including books, rare books, maps, manuscripts, an ongoing exhibition about Palestine, book recommendations, and activities such as the Majlis Book Club. The books are published in numerous languages, including English, French, German and Latin.
This is a selection of available translated books in English, German, French and Latin. For more titles, search our catalog.