International Union of Braille Quran Services Meet in August

At the end of August, Bilal Hussain represented Kitaba at the second meeting of The International Union of Braille Quran Services (IBQS) in Istanbul Turkey.

The IBQS (previously called International Organisation of Braille Qur’an Services) came into being in February, with the goal of producing a unified Braille Quran which would be accessible to all visually impaired people around the world.  The name was changed in August to reflect the body’s purpose.

The August conference further explored the differences between Quranic braille codes used by member organisations of the IBQS, the practicalities of setting up a website, devising an international application form, and distribution process for Braille Qurans.  This was done while sorting out the logistics of creating the umbrella body of the IBQS.  The previously agreed constitution was accepted and signed by all members.

Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind, an organisation based in South Africa, developed a questionnaire for completion by each member organisation, to gather as much data as possible from visually impaired people in the 13 represented countries.  It is hoped the collation of these answers will help decide what an ideal unified Quranic Braille code ought to look like.

The conference resolutions are available here

The next meeting of the IBQS Board will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in January 2014.

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International Union of Braille Quran Services Meet in August

Date Posted: 12/11/2013

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