This unique collection is for to be able to establish a Kurdish Exile Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Our collection consist of more than 1000 items of Kurdish handiwork objects. Some Kurdish coins belonging to the Kurdish dynasties up to 1100 years old. Many hundred rare literary works. The exhibition is a major cultural resource for Kurdish students in Sweden and for
academics researchers across the Europe/world.
The museum is run by volunteers and by some of the Sara`s Book Club members, by Kurdish writers and intellectuals. Some of them: Firat Ceweri, Board member of Swedish Pen, Pervine Jameel, Founder of Kurdish Bureau For Liasion and Information Brussels, Kurdo Baksi, Author and Social Debater, Ismail Besikci, Author, Sociologist, Dr Susanne Drake, Board Member of Foundation For Kurdish Library and Museum in Stockholm (Our Foundation), Omar Sheikhmous, political scientist, academic at Stockholm University, veteran Kurdish leader, author, former head of Kurdish Radio Section of Voice of America in Washington DC.
A permanent exhibition hall is under construction and all works for this is run by volunteers.
The Kurdish Publishing House SARA (formed in 1987) has for three decades worked continuously with the publication, collection and distribution of Kurdish literature. The book publishing works has also been conducted with support from The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs (Kulturrådet) since 1987:
SARA distribution is the main supplier of Kurdish literature for Swedish university and public libraries. Internationally, SARA has built up the majority of Kurdish book collections with the regular annual shipments to the Library of Congress in Washington, the Widener Library of Harvard University, Columbia University. China National Library etc. It means tens of thousands of titles on each these libraries. SARA has also contributed to smaller but significant collections such as University of California Berkeley, New York Public Library, Bibliotheka Alexandrina in Egypt, etc.
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The work SARA has performed by collecting large amounts of Kurdish literature, has demanded a balancing act with diplomacy, network of contacts and, not least, an ability to cooperate with all different organizations and private individuals because during most of SARA’s years of activity, the Kurdish language and literature have been criminalized and banned by a number of countries in the Middle East.
The book-gathering business has been conducted since 1987 continuously in a location on Dalagatan in Vasastan in central Stockholm. Participants in the work have been Kurdish writers and intellectuals from all over the world and members of Saras Booklubb.
SARA’s closest contact persons have been those who transported books on donkeys across the mountains in Kurdistan to scholars and librarians at the world’s foremost universities and cultural institutions.
We have now been able to collect a precious Kurdish books of 10 thousands in number since 33 years.
The Kurdish book publisher SARA was converted into a foundation on October 17, 2007: Foundation For Kurdish Library and Museum. The idea of transforming SARA into a foundation was that SARA’s invaluable legacy would live on. One goal is to form an extensive, varied and comprehensive Kurdish library and museum within the framework of the foundation. Through this work, we hope that our children can read the traces of their ancestors’ lives, work and hopes and thus have a better outlook and become successful people.
We also have collected historical Kurdish objects, such as coin from the medieval Kurdish dynasties Marvanids and Shaddadids from the 9th century AD and the Ayyubids from the 12th century.
Indeed, in the Kurdish context, finding a coin belonging to a Kurdish dynasty from the Middle Ages is undoubtedly a great thing, because, as we know, Kurdish culture and language have been strongly discouraged and, not least, banned and criminalized for decades in Turkey.
In parallel with this work, we have also managed to overcome a considerable amount of cultural-historical objects that have a special significance for Kurds throughout the world. We now have a temporary exhibition room with, among other things, these items. This collection is the largest and most significant Kurdish collection in the world.
Please see more here at our exhibition hall in Stockholm city:
Foundation For Kurdish Library and Museum now monitors and enriches a cultural treasure that has been gathered for at least 33 years and established an exclusive and comprehensive collection of Kurdish literature that includes unique older works, historical source texts, travel alterations, lexicas, grammar, Kurdish folk tales and contemporary children’s books in large amount. The collections also include an extensive archive of magazines, older and current newspapers, sound recordings from radio programs, and folkloric and modern Kurdish music on LP, cassette and CD and historical Kurdish cultural objects.
Our patient work that has been going on for over three decades has now begun to yield results. Now it feels extra important to preserve these cultural treasures for the descendants.
Foundation For Kurdish Library and Museum today has the largest Kurdish book collection both in and outside Kurdistan. All this was made possible with the help of the patient and long-standing works which for many decades was conducted mainly in Sweden. During the 1980s, Sweden was a world leading country in Kurdish literature. Here came out Kurdish books and magazines like nowhere else in the world.
Now we want to do a permanent exhibition of these objects but lack the financial means to realize this. As described, a permanently arranged showroom is needed for that. The room that has is not suitable. We need a suitable cultural venue to embody a unique exhibition with unique objects that we have gathered to show to the public in Europe.
Kurdish Publishing House – SARA (1987)
Kurdish Library & Archive (2000)
Foundation For Kurdish Library & Museum (2007)
Foundation For Kurdish Library & Museum – a genuine cultural institution of Kurdish heritage was founded 2007. It`s collection consists about hundreds items of artifacts and Kurdish handiworks apart from a collection, thousands of Kurdish books and journals.
Dalag. 48, SE-113 24 Stockholm , SWEDEN, +46 70 791 36 06
Bank account: Handelsbanken Odenplan, Sara Distribution, (IBAN: SE20 6000 0000 0007 4356 1538), Swift: HANDSESS, Stockholm SWEDEN.
STOCKHOLM KÜRD SÜRGÜN MÜZESİ’NİN İLK SERGİSİ :
– Avrupa’lıların 18. yy’da Kürd & Kürdistan’la ilgili ürettikleri eserler
Cizre Ulu Camii’nin kapı tokmaklarından biri, 13 yy.
A short presentation about the Foundation for Kurdish Library & Museum in Power Point:
Foundation For Kurdish Library & Museum