American Univesity of Beirut

Toubia and Letitia Hachem Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibit

​The American University of Beirut and the Toubia and Letitia Hachem Family cordially invite you to the opening ceremony of the Toubia and Letitia Hachem Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibit
The exhibit highlights a unique selection of rare books and manuscripts from the 16th to the 20th century, all donated by the Hachem Family.

Date: April 17, 2019 
Time: 6:00pm 
Place: Jafet Memorial Library- Lobby, American University of Beirut

The exhibit will remain on display until May 15, 2019.

The Toubia and Letitia Hachem Collection consists of approximately 3,000 pieces, dating from the 16th century to the mid-20th century. Collection highlights include stunning examples of religious manuscripts in various formats and sizes.

A wide array of geographic provenance, printing houses, disciplines, historical periods, languages, and topics are covered by the collection, as well as a broad range of formats, including manuscript codices and rolls, miniature and big Qurans, folios, “pocket” books, Qurans inscribed on palm leaves, and early imprints of the Bible with ornate covers.  

The Collection illuminates the practices of manuscript production in workshops located throughout the Russian, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Balkan regions, and early (16th century onwards) European printing and publishing practices.

For more information, contact ASC by email:, or by phone on extensions 2609/10.

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