Middle Eastern Division Receives Gift
From left: Michael Hopper, Head of the Middle Eastern Division; Mme. Fatima Zahara Oufara, Head Librarian of the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture; and Abdelaali Boutaqmanti, Middle Eastern Librarian.
June 4, 2012 – Mme. Fatima Zahara Oufara, the head librarian of the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture in Rabat, Morocco, presented a gift of several of the Institute’s new titles to Widener Library’s Middle Eastern division. Mme. Oufara recently concluded a trip to the US where she conducted research on the American library system, in particular the Widener Library model, and visited other libraries and cultural institutions in the Boston area.
The Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture was established by the government of Morocco in 2001 and is responsible for the documentation and promotion of Amazigh culture, history, and language in Morocco, greater North Africa, and among Amazigh émigré communities throughout the world. Among the Institute’s many activities is an extensive publication program in pursuit of this goal. To date the Institute has published over two hundred titles in Tamazight, Arabic, French, and English as well as undertaken translations into various languages of key publications.
Head of the Middle Eastern division Michael Hopper received the gift that includes Arts et architecture amazighes du Maroc and Tadla n tmdyazt Tamaziγt (Anthology of Amazigh poetry), and has made arrangements with the Institute to receive all of its future publications.