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Awards and Acknowledgements

In 2000, Gazi Husrev-bey Library won a City of Sarajevo Award in Honor of April 6th. It was awarded for contribution to preservation of written cultural heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Such important award was given to Gazi Husrev-bey Library as one of the most significant institutions that collects, preserves, processes and offers to the public the most valuable collections of Islamic manuscripts, old Bosnian periodicals, and printed books in Bosnian and oriental languages.

A special reason for the award was the fact that the Library kept its funds safe and complete during the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period from 1992 to 1995.


An award by Islamic Heritage Foundation Al-Furqan of London was presented to Dr. Mustafa Jahić, the Director of the Library; Kasim Dobrača posthumously; Zejnil Fajić, Fehim Nametak, and hafiz Haso Popara for an outstanding contribution in the field of Islamic manuscripts. It was an award in recognition of their efforts to preserve and catalog Islamic manuscripts. The award ceremony was held in London on January 24, 2002. The president and founder of Al Furqan, Sheikh Ahmed Zeki, congratulated the winners wishing them success in their future work.

At the ceremony held in Mostar on July 22, 2004, Minister of Culture and Sport of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Gavrilo Grahovac, awarded a Charter to a group of cultural workers for their achievements in preservation and restoration of cultural and historical heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Among the recipients was Mustafa Jahić, the Director of Gazi Husrev-bey Library.