International Assoc. of Egyptologists
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Upcoming EventsFriday & Saturday, October 24-25, 2014
Dr. Suzanne Onstine, University of Memphis, TN
Chapter: North TexasFriday, October 24, 2014, 6:00pm-9:30pm
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Chapter: Georgia (Atlanta)LECTURE: Unwrapping Egyptology and the Occult: The Curious Case of Battiscombe Gunn and Aleister CrowleySaturday, October 25, 2014; 3:30pmSteve Vinson, Associate Professor, Dept. of Near Eastern, Languages and Cultures, Indiana University – Bloomington
Chapter: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)Monday, October 27, 2014; 6:30pm
Dr. David O'Connor, the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Chapter: New York
We are delighted to share that the Swiss Embassy in Cairo has made a contribution of 75,000 swiss francs (approximately $83,000) to assist ARCE with repairs to the exterior facade of the Museum of Islamic Art and Manuscript Library of the National Library and Archives of Egypt located in Historic Cairo.
The ARCE archive represents a twenty-year partnership between the US and Egyptian governments for cultural heritage preservation in Egypt carried out with funding from USAID. It is the outcome and the record of an extraordinarily successful and sustained endeavor that has contributed more than any other international donor to maintaining some of the world’s most important heritage assets.
TURMOIL TAKES ITS TOLL
Unique Islamic art and manuscript collections and the museums that house them suffered infrastructure damage from bomb blast at Bab al Khalq. Photo: D. Deutsch
An early morning explosion on January 24, 2014 was an unfortunate reminder that Egypt has not yet returned to the level of stability preceding the ouster of the Mubarak regime in 2011. The explosion, aimed at the Cairo Security Directorate on Port Said Street in the historic district of Bab el-Khalq, caused few human casualties but significant damage was rendered to the world-class collections of Islamic Period art and manuscripts housed across the street in the Museum of Islamic Art and the Manuscript Library and Manuscript Museum of the National Library and Archives of Egypt.
It was so depressingly familiar, another attack on an Egyptian building housing valuable and irreplaceable pieces of historical and cultural heritage. The building, constructed in Neo-Mamlouk Style, is located in an area included on the UNESCO World Heritage List known as Bab el-Khalq. It was completed and inaugurated by Khedive Abbas II Hilmi in 1904. Today, the Museum of Islamic Art, managed by the Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage (MAH) occupies the ground floor and the upper floors house the Manuscript Library and Manuscript Museum collections of the National Library and Archives of Egypt (Dar el-Kotob), under the management of the Ministry of Culture. Both institutions have undergone extensive renovations in recent years and both boasted state of the art exhibition spaces, storage, research and conservation facilities.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.