Books were presented and collections were bequeathed to a mosque in the city of the donor. The reasons were to preserve them and to make them available to scholars. Where there was more than one mosque in a city, the recipient one was generally the chief mosque, known as the congregational mosque. Many libraries began as Quaric libraries. Multiple copies of the Quran – in whole or in part – were presented to new mosque libraries. The largest donations usually came from reigning monarchs. Over the centuries, ordinary people donated copies of the Quran and books on other subjects. Mosque libraries contributed much to Muslim learning and scholarship.
(This page was updated in December 2012.)