Exhibition spotlighting treasures of the Gazi Husrev-bey Library in Sarajevo
From 4 to 15 September 2018, the National and University Library in Zagreb will be hosting a special exhibition spotlighting the treasures from the collections of the Gazi Husrev-bey Library (Blago koje traje) which will include the launching of a monograph on this library’s valuable holdings (Monografija Gazi Husrev-begove biblioteke), published as a way of marking the 480th anniversary of the founding of this distinguished Sarajevo library.
Prepared as a result of cooperation between the two libraries, the exhibition will open with the introductory address by the Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Tatijana Petrić. The exhibition visitors will also be addressed by Dr Hilmo Neimarlija, Fellow of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought Enes Karić, Zagreb Mufti Dr Aziz ef. Hasanović and Director of the Gazi Husrev-bey Library Osman Lavić who will present the monograph.
Following the launch of the monograph, Professor Aida Abadžić, from the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts, will present the exhibition, authored by the Director of the Gazi Husrev-bey Library Osman Lavić and Fatima Tinjak, librarian at the Gazi Husrev-bey Library’s Oriental Section. The exhibition, which features the rich centuries-old holdings of the Husrev-bey library, will thus be presented in Croatia for the first time.
Present visitors will be able to enjoy traditional Bosnia and Herzegovina’s oral lyric poetry performed in the form of traditional love songs (sevdalinka) by musician Latif Moćević.
Founded on 8 January 1537, the Gazi Husrev-bey Library in Sarajevo is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina which has written its long history by responsibly and successfully fulfilling its mission.