Pearl of Wisdom

'The force of the authority of the argument is greater than the force of the authority of power.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 6781

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Question : #509 Category: Islamic History
Subject: Islamic Library
Question: which is the first libraray of islamic history and where it is situated
Answer: Islams contribution to humanity is of great degree, where the first public libraries were created by Muslims.

There were many private libraries through the Islamic era, such as Bayt ul Hikma (House of Wisdom), and its understood the city of Baghdad had the first public library.

It was not restricted to the sciences of Shariah only; however, it included the daily life sciences, like medicine, engineering, astronomy, physics and others.

Moreover, it included centers of translation from Greek, Persian, Indian and other languages to Arabic or from Arabic to other prevailing languages at that time. Furthermore, it contained huge halls for the purpose of lectures and debates and thousands of laborers and employees. This took place during the 2nd AH/ 9th AD.

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