Gazi Husrev-bey's Library

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46 Gazi Husrev-begova, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
033 238-152

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Gazi Husrev-bey Library Aug 08, 2017
Before the Gazi Husrevbeg's library in Sarajevo was founded in 1537, there were books in every mosque and mekteb. The older library in Sarajevo was the one found in Firuzbeg's Medresa.

Until 1863, the Gazi Husrevbeg's library remained within the Kuršumlija Madrasa. That year, on the incentive of Topal Osman Pasha, the governor of Bosnia, the administration of Gazi Husrev-bey's vakuf built a larger room next to the Beg's mosque. Here the Library was moved from Medrese and remained until 1935, when it was placed on the ground floor of the Sarajevo Mufti building. This was done because the Library's fund multiplied from day to day, and the number of visitors increased. Then the library expanded to the first floor of the building. Considering the origin of the manuscript of the library, written and copied, there were from various parts of the Islamic world, particularly large and important centers like Mecca, Medina, Cairo, Baghdad and Istanbul. These manuscripts, some unique and rare items, came here in various ways: by trade, brought by Bosnian people who went to the Hajj, or those who went on education in those centers.

Today, the library is located next to the west wall of Kuršumli madrasah. In this way, it has been brought to the place where it was founded, within the complex of Gazi Husrev-bey’s vakf.

Gazi Husrev-bey Library holds around one hundred thousand manuscripts, printed books, periodicals, and various archive documents, works in Islamic sciences, oriental languages, literature, philosophy, logics, history, medicine, veterinary science, mathematics, astronomy, and other sciences in Arabic, Persian, Bosnian and other European languages. The oldest manuscript in the Gazi Husrev-beg Library is the work Ihya ulumud-Din by Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali, who died in 1111, theological and mystical work, transcribed in 1131.
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