National Library to start digital library on Islam
KUALA LUMPUR: The National Library is planning to launch the International Islamic Digital Library (IIDL) during the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit.
Its director-general Datuk Zawiyah Baba said the National Library had been working on the project since 2001 in collaboration with the Multimedia Development Corporation and major institutions and also institutions on Islam in Malaysia.
We have worked very hard on this project which we hope will provide information on Islam and Muslims around the world as well as promote the sharing and exchange of knowledge among scholars of Islam and those interested in Islam, she said during a preview of the IIDL website yesterday.
Parliamentary secretary to the Education Ministry Datuk Mahadzir Mohd Khir was to have launched the website but was stranded in Sungai Petani due to the floods.
In her speech, Zawiyah said the National Library wanted to showcase the IIDL during the OIC summit in order to seek participation from member countries to make the website a comprehensive, reliable and authoritative source of information about Islam.
During the preview, she said the website had links to various aspects of Islam such as books, manuscripts, special collections and a gallery showcasing fascinating artefacts.
In conjunction with the summit, the National Library has also launched an exhibition on OIC members at its foyer.
For more information on the International Islamic Digital Library, log on to www.iidl.net