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Books by MWNF Partners

2010, Paperback
Title Memory of Museum of Islamic Art
Subtitle Documentary Memorial Folder 1881-2010
300 pages, 156 colour illustrations, 13 plans
Country مصر
Author(s) Frouk Asker; Concept of Book & Chapters: Olwi Farid; Art Director: Hussein El-Shahat
Photographer(s) Archive of SCA; Archive of MIA; Archive of Al-Ahram Newspaper; Archive of Olwi Farid; Mohamed Seif El Din; Kyrolos Barsoum
Publisher(s) Supreme Council of Antiquities
Languages العربية.
Description This book provides glimpses of the history of the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo since its foundation, under the name of Dar al-Athar al-‘Arabiyya, in 1881 in the mosque of al-Hakim bi-amr Allah in al-Ğamaliyya area. It highlights the precious heritage of Islamic civilisation created on the banks of the river Nile and across the Islamic world, from al-Andalus in the west to Iran and the borders of China in the east, and from the Anatolian peninsula in the north to the southern part of the Arab peninsula.

The book covers the foundation of the Committee for Arab Antiquities at the end of 1881 and its remarkable role in the development of the Museum of Islamic Art and the assemblage of masterpieces of Islamic art from Egypt, Arab and Islamic countries, including the important archaeological excavations in Fustat that enriched the collections of the Museum.

The book focuses in detail on the three phases that characterised the development of the Museum’s collection: its foundation in 1881; the inauguration of the new building in Bab al-Khalq area in 1903 in the presence of the khedive ‘Abbas Hilmi; and the Museum’s relaunch after major restoration in 2010.

Statistical data is provided on the collection, which comprised 111 items at its foundation and reached 102,000 items by October 2010. The are two biographical indexes on Egyptian and foreign archaeologists over more than 100 years and on Egyptian archaeologists who began their careers as curators of the Museum and then held important academic positions in Egyptian and Arab universities.

The book also includes bibliographies of the Museum’s specialised publications in Arabic, English and French since 1895 about its collections as well as manuals and guides, highlighting the history of the first administrative structure in 1926 and the first Act on the protection of Arab antiquities in 1917 during the reign of King Fu’ad I.

Images documenting the life, habits and professions of Cairene people during the last third of the 19th century illustrate the book, together with many annotated images of rare artefacts acquired by the Museum throughout its history.

The book offers complete research studies on the contributions of Arab, Islamic and European states to the creation of the collections of the Museum, and it details the development and renovation plan for the museum implemented by the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo. The renovation work began in 2003 and was completed in 2010.
Formats, Prices & Orders
Arabic version

Paperback [2010, 27 cm H x 29.5 cm W, available]
Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt, ISBN 9789777041980


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