HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HH Prince Moulay Ismail, inaugurated, on Friday in Rabat, the Alawite dynasty library, a site to preserve history and memory for present and future generations.
Located near the Mohammed V Mausoleum, this library, built upon the order of HM King Mohammed VI, houses a collection of rare books and precious manuscripts which show the rich history of the Alawite dynasty since its foundation, as well as Moroccans' attachment and esteem for the different Alawite Sultans and Kings.
The building, which mirrors the artistic specificities of the authentic Moroccan architecture, includes a documentary collection made up of books on the Alawite dynasty and dealing with cultural, political, economic and social issues, as well as historical documents notably trade and diplomatic agreements sealed under the reign of Alawite Sultans and Kings with other states and empires, and correspondences of Alawite Sultans with foreign kings and heads of states.
The library includes also copies of Sultans' dahirs and allegiance treaties, in addition to university theses on the Alawite dynasty and its history.
Gathering such a collection was made possible thanks to the contribution of the El Hassania library, the department of royal archives, the national library, and the ministries of endowments and Islamic affairs and of culture.
At the library's entrance there is a family tree tracing the Alawite dynasty from HM King Mohammed VI back to prophet Mohammed PBUH.
Upon his arrival at the library, HM the King was greeted mainly by the interior minister, the culture minister and the curator of the Mohammed V Mausoleum and library director Abdelhak Lamrini.