Fear of Wahhabi Impact Threatens Sarajevo’s University Library (29 Nov 2011)

After plans to rename the new university library after the Saudi King came under attack, the future of the project hangs in the balance.

By Dijala Hasanbegovic-Puric

A growing revulsion towards the hardline Muslim Wahhabi movement in Bosnia may imperil an important project that has  already been held back for years – the Sarajevo University Library building that was to be built with a 15 million euro donation from Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi ruler, King Abdullah.

The existing University library currently shares the premises of the National Library, is run by the same administration, rarely has the heating on and relies on its infrequently paid staff.

Because of heating problems, the reading rooms stay open only to 4pm, which does not suit most students’ needs.

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