11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Advice, information and discussion about Egypt in general.

Moderators: DJKeefy, 4u Network

User avatar
HEPZIBAH
Luxor4u God
Luxor4u God
Posts: 11881
Joined: Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:15 pm
Has thanked: 3216 times
Been thanked: 4671 times
Gender:
United Kingdom

11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by HEPZIBAH »

11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt.

This is a long, but interesting, article. Because of it's length and number of photographs I won't copy it all here but give you the link so you can read it for yourselves.

The article focuses on (with related photo's):

1. Major damage to Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art and the National Library and Archives building and collections.
2. Destruction of many of Cairo’s historic and landmark villas and palaces
3. Destruction of Mansoura Theater
4. Looting of the Malawi Museum in Minya
5. Destruction of the Institut d’Egypte
6. Uncontrolled urban transformation of the historic of Darb el Ahmar district in Cairo
7. Encroachment on archaeological sites at Fustat, Dahshour and Al-Matariyyah
8. Partial collapse of Muhammad Ali’s Shubra Palace
9. Thefts at several sites in Islamic Cairo
10. The rapid loss of Alexandria’s architectural heritage
11. The disappearance of Cairo’s Railway Museum

http://cairobserver.com/post/7540371769 ... u-Vgz1_s3R


Image Experience is not what happens to you;
it is what you do with what happens to you.
-Aldous Huxley
User avatar
Chocolate Eclair
Royal V.I.P
Royal V.I.P
Posts: 1621
Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:56 pm
Location: Luxor Egypt
Has thanked: 124 times
Been thanked: 752 times
Gender:
Egypt

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by Chocolate Eclair »

Are these happenings since the Revolution, because I was under the impression these historic and cultural sites were well guarded to prevent this type of happening.
User avatar
HEPZIBAH
Luxor4u God
Luxor4u God
Posts: 11881
Joined: Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:15 pm
Has thanked: 3216 times
Been thanked: 4671 times
Gender:
United Kingdom

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by HEPZIBAH »

The obvious answer to that is - Read the article!

I will say that Luxor is mentioned and the comments about there relate to Jan 2011 (I think!).
Image Experience is not what happens to you;
it is what you do with what happens to you.
-Aldous Huxley
User avatar
Dusak
Egyptian Pharaoh
Egyptian Pharaoh
Posts: 6117
Joined: Sun May 11, 2008 2:29 pm
Location: LUXOR
Has thanked: 6002 times
Been thanked: 7526 times
Gender:
Thailand

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by Dusak »

All these artifacts looted, stolen and destroyed. The beauty with those three words is that they could, in all eventuality be replaced by way of new discoveries, but the countless innocent lives that were also lost are gone forever, impossible to replace which is, to me, a far greater cultural loss.
Life is your's to do with as you wish- do not let other's try to control it for you. Count Dusak- 1345.
LovelyLadyLux
Egyptian Pharaoh
Egyptian Pharaoh
Posts: 3253
Joined: Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:27 am
Has thanked: 985 times
Been thanked: 2256 times
Canada

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by LovelyLadyLux »

Very interesting article. Very sad and tragic.
User avatar
HEPZIBAH
Luxor4u God
Luxor4u God
Posts: 11881
Joined: Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:15 pm
Has thanked: 3216 times
Been thanked: 4671 times
Gender:
United Kingdom

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by HEPZIBAH »

Dusak wrote:... but the countless innocent lives that were also lost are gone forever, impossible to replace which is, to me, a far greater cultural loss.
That is very true.
Image Experience is not what happens to you;
it is what you do with what happens to you.
-Aldous Huxley
User avatar
Glyphdoctor
Egyptian God
Egyptian God
Posts: 7525
Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:48 pm
Has thanked: 919 times
Been thanked: 2820 times
Gender:
Egypt

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by Glyphdoctor »

I think the word disasters is inappropriate. It makes it sound like these things just...happened. A lot of them are deliberate political acts.
LovelyLadyLux
Egyptian Pharaoh
Egyptian Pharaoh
Posts: 3253
Joined: Sun Nov 22, 2009 2:27 am
Has thanked: 985 times
Been thanked: 2256 times
Canada

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by LovelyLadyLux »

Good point Glyph re: use of the word. Since you pointed it out "disaster" actually implies to me something like an earthquake or other natural disaster and that is NOT what is happening here. What is happening here is deliberate willful intentional malicious planning to destroy with maximum destructive result.

Am not getting into Anthropology or Sociology 101 but very simplistically Culture is a part of us. We all belong to groups that have accepted cultural norms. What I'm not getting is while these jihadists or political activists or terrorists or whatever they want to call themselves are actively tearing down all that is presently in place what do they intend or want to replace it with? They want to destroy everything that brought us to where we are now and eliminate it?

Take away ALL the culture and what is left?
User avatar
Glyphdoctor
Egyptian God
Egyptian God
Posts: 7525
Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:48 pm
Has thanked: 919 times
Been thanked: 2820 times
Gender:
Egypt

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by Glyphdoctor »

Logic 101 is needed here. If the predominant narrative you have been told about these incidents doesn't make sense to you in terms of who benefits and how and why, then perhaps the predominant narrative is incorrect.
User avatar
HEPZIBAH
Luxor4u God
Luxor4u God
Posts: 11881
Joined: Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:15 pm
Has thanked: 3216 times
Been thanked: 4671 times
Gender:
United Kingdom

Re: 11 Recent Cultural Disasters in Egypt

Post by HEPZIBAH »

I had problems over the word 'disaster' too. However, I absorb it as each incident being caused by neglect or greed resulting in the potential for/eventual Cultural Disaster.
Image Experience is not what happens to you;
it is what you do with what happens to you.
-Aldous Huxley
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post
  • Egypt cultural tourism revenues see steep rise in October
    by DJKeefy » » in Know Egypt
    14 Replies
    1689 Views
    Last post by Dusak
  • Quena's First Cultural Festival
    by HEPZIBAH » » in Know Egypt
    0 Replies
    504 Views
    Last post by HEPZIBAH
  • A great example of cultural exchange!
    by BENNU » » in Intercultural relationships
    1 Replies
    123 Views
    Last post by BENNU
  • 613 Egyptian factories closed in recent months
    by DJKeefy » » in Know Egypt
    0 Replies
    147 Views
    Last post by DJKeefy
  • Service at Westminster Abbey following recent attack
    by newcastle » » in General Discussions and Rants
    1 Replies
    166 Views
    Last post by Dusak