“Al-Quds in Historical Photographs” exhibition in Eastern al-Quds, 14-17 February 2017
IRCICA organized an exhibition of historical photographs of al-Quds, which was held in Eastern al-Quds, in the newly opened headquarters of Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre. The photographs were selected from the albums of Sultan Abdulhamid II (end of the 19th - beginning of the 20th centuries) and other collections preserved in IRCICA's archives.
Addressing the opening ceremony on 14 February, IRCICA Director General Dr. Halit Eren expressed his pleasure to be contributing to the event, which was organized under the patronage of the Turkish Consulate General and in cooperation with Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre, and presenting valuable photographs selected from IRCICA's archives. He briefed the audience on IRCICA's activity programs and projects on the Islamic history and cultural heritage of al-Quds. In this regard he referred to the research projects and the international conferences concerning the preservation of cultural and architectural heritage in al-Quds and the publications including albums of historical photographs. In his address, Ambassador Gürcan Türkoğlu, Consul General of Turkey in al-Quds, expressed his appreciation of the special projects and activities carried out by IRCICA on the subject of the history and cultural heritage of al-Quds. He thanked IRCICA for its contribution to the event. Ambassador Türkoğlu affirmed the continual support of Turkey to cultural activities relating to al-Quds and wished success to Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre. The opening was also addressed by Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, former Chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council in al-Quds and Imam at al-Aqsa Mosque, who underlined the importance of the documentation activities concerning al-Quds especially as regards the period of Sultan Abdulhamid, who displayed a noble attitude on the subject of Palestine and whom the Palestinian population is proud of. The ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Adnan Al-Husseini, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs of the State of Palestine; Sheikh Abdul Azeem Husain Abdul Qader Salhab, Chairman of High Islamic Authority of Al Quds; Mr. Azzam al-Khatib, Director of Masjid al-Aqsa Waqf, and representatives of the Palestinian press.
Over three days the exhibition drew a large number of visitors.