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The digital anthology and the exhibition on the Muslim-Arab Legacy in the West have been implemented thanks to the generous contribution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within the framework of the Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International programme for a Culture of Peace and Dialogue. This initiative contributes to the Plan of Action of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) coordinated by UNESCO within the UN System.

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This publication is produced under the direction of Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO

Edition : Ann-Belinda Preis, Chief of Section for Intercultural Dialogue, Division of Social Transformations and dialogue, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO in partnership with the “Editions des archives contemporaines”. Contact :

Coordination : Amina Hamshari, Intercultural dialogue section (UNESCO), in cooperation with Yves Winkin for scientific assembly, Director of the Scientific and Technical Culture and of the Musée des Arts et Métiers (France) ; Gerardo Bautista Directeur of Editions des Archives contemporaines; Emmanuelle Costantin, Graphic Conception, Editions des archives contemporaines; Benjamin Baulé, Editorial Assistant, Editions des archives contemporaines et Miriam Chopin, Medievalist at the University of Haute-Alsace, President of the Strasbourg-Mediterranée Festival.


Julien Loiseau, Université de Montpellier
Taieb Belghazi, Université de Rabat
Abdessalam Cheddadi, Université de Rabat
Youssef Seddik, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales
Hamadi Benjaballah, Université de Tunis
Alain de Libera, Collège de France
Charles Genequand, Université de Genève
Henri Hugonnard-Roche, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
Maroun Aouad, CNRS
Emma Gannagé, Georgetown University
Frédérique Woerther, CNRS
Meryem Sebti, CNRS
Katia Zakharia, Université de Lyon
Ferial Ghazoul, American University in Cairo
Ahmed Djebbar, Université de Lille
Mohamed El Faiz, Université de Marrakech
George Saliba, Columbia University
Michel Terrasse, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
Sylvia Naef, Université de Genève
Linda Komaroff, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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© takepicsforfun : Courtyard of bou inania madrasa in fez, morocco ; ©Vichailao: Hand showing raw coffee beans from the basket ; © Y. Papadimitriou: Old Antique handwritten book in Arabic language ; © Sergey Kamshylin: Arabic medical manuscript ; © NoraDoa: Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech ; © shantihesse: the attarine medersa in fes ; © Pcalapre: Madrassa in Fez Morocco ; © Jordisantacana: Bou Inania Madrasa; © Karenfoleyphoto: Astrolabe Piece ; © AntPun: Medina Azahara, Cordoba Spain ; © Sondem: Old Historical Project Book ; © Sergey Kamshylin : Arabic astronomical chart. Lunar eclipse ; © Sergey Kamshylin: Old manuscript ; © Toniflap: Portal, Alhambra, Granada ; © Paulos1: Al-Azhar Mosque ; © thomathzac23: Grenade - L'Alhambra ; © Anibal Trejo : Bou Inania Madrasa at Fez ; © Joserpizarro: Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba ; © Paolo Gallo: Islamic Palace Interior ; © VanderWolf Images: Madrassa in Marrakech ; © Anibal Trejo: Bab Bou Jeloud gate at Fez © bizoo_n: Arabic decorations detail ; © Sirer: Small round brass tray with a pattern ; © Alexmar : Detail of oriental mosaic in Meknes ; © Javarman: Dome of the mosque, oriental ornaments ; © Ageless Adventurer: Medina of Fez ; © hjschneider: Weihrauch, Ginseng, Zimtrinde ; © Y. Papadimitriou: Old Antique handwritten books in Arabic language ; © al-Mutadibih : Manuscrit arabe “Anatomie de l’œil”, datant de 1200 ; © Pentocelo-commonswiki: Plafond de la tombe du poète persan Hafez à Shiraz, dans la province de Fars, en Iran ; © Manuscrit d'Al-Jazari, livre du xiiie siècle, Bibliothèque Süleymaniye, Istanbul ; © Bibliothèque nationale de France : Chirurgie des Ilkhani de Sharaf al-Dîn ibn 'Alî ibn al-Hajj Ilyas Sabunju Oghlu. Turquie, 1466. ; © unknown , British Library collection, Wikimedia Commons : Woman teaching geometry ; © musée du palais Topkapi : Aristote enseignant l'astronomie ; © Yahya ibn Mahmud, dit al-Wasiti, peintre et calligraphe arabe du XIIIe s., originaire de Wasit, au S. de l'Iraq, Institut National du Patrimoine / Bibliothèque nationale de France ; © Max Planck Digital Library via Wikimedia Commons : Arabic machine manuscript , ; © Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence : Pages from « Liber Abaci », ca. 1228. Leonardo Fibonacci , Book of Calculation: Liber Abaci. © Editions des archives contemporaines (EAC) : Bandeaux thématiques, réalisation de Emmanuelle Costantin pour le compte d'EAC.

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