The public library of King Abdulaziz in Riyadh showed, among its collections of poetry manuscripts, a rare manuscript for the poet Abi Al-Tayeb Al-Mutanabi (Ahmed bin Abdul-Samad Al-Jaafi – 303-354 AH – 965 AD) on the occasion of the International Poetry Day, which takes place on March 21 of each year.
The manuscript, written in the 11th century AD (17th century AD), consisted of large pieces that included an introduction to Abu al-Tayyib al-Mutanabi and his poems. The first pages were decorated with red miniatures and ornaments. blue and yellow colors and drawings of flowers.
Abu Al-Tayyib Al-Mutanabi is one of the most famous Arab poets. He lived in the 4th century AD between Kufa, Baghdad, Aleppo, Damascus and Egypt. He contributed much to the development of Arabic poetry and was famous for his praise poems in Saif al-Dawla, and he formed with Jarir, Al-Farazdaq, Bashar bin Barad, Abu Nawas, Abu Tammam, Al-Bahtari, and Al-Sharif Al -Radhi and Abu Al-‘Ala Al-Maari the most famous Arabic poets in the early Islamic epochs, while the Arabic rhetoric books dealing with the study of their poems say.
The King Abdulaziz Public Library acquires collections of more than 500 manuscript divans, including: The divan of Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Warghi (d. 1190 AD) and the divan of Ahmed bin Abi Hajleh (d. 776 AD) . Chr.): Abdul Qadir Al-Alamy (d. 1266 AD) and Muhammad Al-Broswi (d. 975) and Muhammad bin Ali bin Arabi (d. 638), Ali bin Musa al-Ansari (d. 593) and other poets who formed the trends of Arabic poetry in different epochs.
It is noteworthy that the King Abdulaziz Public Library has set up a special section for rare collectibles consisting of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts, pictures, documents, maps, Arabic and Islamic coins, and rare books. The library enables researchers and scholars to work towards these goals and to examine in the service of Arab and Islamic culture and as a contribution to the preservation of the heritage that represents identity, value and historical dimension in all its depth and wealth of knowledge.