The pavilion of the Ministry of Culture participating in Doha International Book Fair, in its 32nd edition, under the slogan “By reading, we rise”, is receiving a great turnout from exhibition visitors of various nationalities, to learn about the various aspects of the authentic Qatari culture and heritage.
The pavilion is characterized by the use of modern and advanced technologies to display some musical instruments, as well as a collection of heritage books and ancient manuscripts, in addition to displaying a collection of Qatari heritage fashions, decorative tools, incense burners and auctioneers.
The Ministry of Culture’s pavilion provides an enjoyable opportunity for visitors by listening to the playing of the displayed musical instruments when standing at a specific point next to them, using advanced technologies.
The modern techniques used in the Ministry of Culture’s pavilion drew the public’s attention, as the ministry chose (4) musical instruments to display in its pavilion, which are: the “drum”, as it is one of the most famous percussive musical instruments, and the “oud”, which is a musical instrument used in Arabic and Turkish music.
The Ministry also chose the “Rababa”, which is an ancient musical instrument that is considered one of the most important musical instruments in the beginning weddings, the countryside and the Samar gatherings, and “Al-Ayhala”, which is a folk musical instrument made of pottery used by artists in the art of Al-Fajri (the arts of the sea).
The pavilion of the Ministry of Culture displays a copy of the “Holy Qur’an” printed in the Iranian Republic in the year 1382 AH, written in the Muhaqqiq script and has a translation in the Persian language. The pavilion also presents an interpretation of “Al-Kashf wa Al-Bayan fi Tafsir Al-Qur’an” by Ahmed bin Mohammad bin Ibrahim, dating back to the fifth century AH.
The pavilion includes a manuscript of “Al-Mutanabi’s Diwan” by the poet Abu al-Tayyib al-Mutanabi, who is considered one of the greatest Arab poets of all time. The manuscript was written in Naskh script in the year 632 AH, and it contains 239 sheets.
The Ministry’s pavilion contains a collection of traditional Qatari costumes, including the “Bisht”, which is a traditional men’s costume that was inherited by the ancestors generation after generation until it became a legacy and an essential component of the national identity, and the “pickpocket” dress, which is one of the ancient women’s costumes in the Arab Gulf region. The Qatari women have been known to wear it on occasions and celebrations, in addition to women’s beauty and adornment tools
The pavilion of the Ministry of Culture displays a variety of its publications in Arabic and English in the fields of literature, poetry, novels, children’s literature, theater, heritage and the arts, including: “Qatari Song”, “Qatari Authors’ Guide”, “The Life of a World from Qatar”, “For My Fajr” and “The Archaeological School in Qatar”, “Narrative Approaches”, “Cultural Patterns in Qatari Story”, “Horses as Civilization and History”, “Qatar’s Culture and Heritage”, and “The Impact of the Arabic Language on the Languages of India”.
It is worth mentioning that the thirty-second session of Doha International Book Fair will continue until June 21 at Doha Exhibition and Conference Center, with the participation of more than 500 publishing houses from 37 countries.