A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lamenting the Fate of Books in Egypt

Egyptian historian Khaled Fahmy has a thoughtful piece about what he calls "The Tragedy of Books in Egypt,"  lamenting the fact that early editions of Egyptian books are so little valued they have disappeared from the Dar al-Kutub (the national library) but can be found in foreign libraries, and also the rather arbitrary temporary banning of an innocuous history text. It is an important statement from an accomplished academic who also writes contemporary commentary.

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