Beirut Arab University Museum

History of civilization and cultures

Open for public, Free of charge.

The museum includes around 200 rare books and manuscripts. This collection addresses civilizations that have existed in the world throughout history especially: The Egyptian-Pharaonic Civilization, the Assyrian Civilization, the Phoenician Civilization, the Byzantine Civilization, the Persian Civilization, the Roman Civilization, the Babylonian Civilization, the Aramaic Civilization and the Arab and Islamic Civilization then the Ottoman Civilization…

This rare collection refers back to the eighth century AD, the eleventh century AD till the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Some of them are unique copies that are not available anywhere around the world.

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Therefore the most prominent collections that are available in the museum:

(It started around 3150 BC, and then developed over the next three millennia.)
- “Description of Egypt” collection that includes 24 volumes. It is one of the original copies in the world. It discusses the social, economic and agricultural life in Egypt in addition to the Egyptians temples and tombs. They are masterpieces of Egyptian inscriptions that were published in the times of Napoleon Bonaparte conquests between 1798 and 1799.
(It spread across the Mediterranean between 1500 BC and 300 BC)
- It is a collection of rare books under the title “Corpus” which includes 24 volumes. It describes the Phoenician, Aramaic, Semitic and Hebrew inscriptions, in addition to highlighting the Phoenician personalities. It refers back to the eighteenth century.
(It extended between 530 BC and 600 BC)
- A manuscript by Muhammad Kafafi that consists of poems in the Persian language by the poet "Jalal al-Din Rumi".
(It started in 275 BC). It is one of the most important European civilizations: "Baalbek Ergebnisse Der Ausgrabungen" collection which provides a description of the archeological remains of the City of Baalbek in the Roman era, the columns of Baalbek, temples and tombs.
- The Arab and Islamic civilization: (It extended from the middle of the eighth century till the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries AD)
- A rare book in two volumes that deals with the "Alhambra" in Granada, which was built in 1238. It refers to the nobility of Islamic architecture and design, Islamic engravings, in addition to hundreds of drawings, written in Kufic script.
- “The Muslim Architecture of Egypt” collection which refers back to the eighth and eleventh centuries that are the Fatimid, Mamluk and Ayyubid periods and the Islamic architecture in Egypt in addition to mosques and tombs in Aswan.
- A rare book that talks about the "Sultan Hassan Mosque" in Cairo, which refers to the nobility and history of mosque architecture in Egypt. It was built in 1356 during the reign of the Mamluks.
(Islamic Empire that lasted nearly 800 years (1299 AD – 1923 AD)
- "Beirut Velayati" consists of two volumes that refer to the geographical borders of the Ottoman Empire (Lebanon - Palestine - Syria) in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It also refers to monuments, religions and sects.

Our Rare Books


Egyptian Civilization


Persian Civilization


Phoenician Civilization


Roman Civilization

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Our Rare Books


Islamic Civilization


Ottoman Civilization


Ancient Civilizations

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