Thousands of Kurdish literature works will soon be available at Greece’s national library

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Books by Kurdish authors will soon be counted among the over one million works at the National Library of Greece as the library plans to open a new section featuring the Kurdish language, Kurdistan 24 reported.

Following the deepening relations between Iraqi Kurdistan and Greece in 2018, expanding cultural and trade ties has been prioritised.

The Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Culture and Youth said this week that Greece’s main library had decided to include Kurdish authors in its vast collection.

There will be 1,000 print books and the same number in digital form, ministry spokesperson Nameeq Hawrami told Kurdistan 24 on Thursday.

“We want to tell our history and culture through our books to the Greek audience,” Hawrami said.

As part of these cross-cultural exchanges, the National Library of Greece will also translate classic Greek literature into Kurdish Kurmanji.

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It is unclear if translations will also be made in Kurdish Sorani.

The ministry asked Kurdish writers to submit their works – physical or digital – to be considered for the collection and authors are free to submit books on any topic, although the ministry said geography, history, and literature are the most desirable.

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