Algeria recovers rare Islamic manuscript from France

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The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on April 5th that authorities have been able to recover a rare, 17th-century Islamic manuscript that was seized by France during the colonial period, reports The National.

The manuscript dates back to 1659 and was seized by France in 1842. It is part of a trove of other manuscripts which have become the basis of a decades long dispute between Algeria and France.

It is believed to have been taken by the French army after an attack on Sufi Islamic scholar and resistance leader Emir Abdelkader El Hassani in the Ouarsenis mountains in north-west Algeria (main picture).

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The ministry said in a statement that “the recovery of this manuscript has great historical value and symbolism”. No details on the exact content of the literature were released.

The statement also thanked Algerian President, Abdelmajid Tebboune, officials and Algerians living abroad who campaigned for the recovery of the historical piece, which had been in the process of being prepared for auction in France.

“The recovery of this manuscript and its repatriation to the country are part of the tireless efforts and continuous steps of authorities … that seek to recover all the looted Algerian heritage, out of concern for preserving and safeguarding the national memory,” authorities said.

The National


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