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An Interview With Paul Sedra: Another Victim of the Egyptian Junta - I'Institut d'Egypte

[Egyptians collect burnt manuscripts from the destroyed Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011. Photo credit: AFP.] [Egyptians collect burnt manuscripts from the destroyed Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011. Photo credit: AFP.]

One Egyptian news paper wrote “Many Egyptians pass this building every day on their way to work and they take great pride in it. And on Saturday, December 17th that very special building, The Institut d'Égypte became the latest causality of the ongoing military attack on the revolutionary protesters.

Malihe Razazan spoke  with professor Paul Sedra about the significance The Institut d'Égypte, one of the finest cultural hertiage buildings in the world On Saturday, It was burned to the ground  destroying 200,000 rare and irreplacalbe historical books and manuscripts.  [Arash Ehya, an intern with Voices of the Middle East and North Afirca, contributed to this segment.]

 

Institut d'Egypte before fire (Photo: Victor Battagion)

Institut d'Egypte after fire broke out (Photo: Mohamed Omar, European Pressphoto)

Interior of Institut before fire (Photo: Victor Battaggion)

 

Egyptian book restorer observes rubble (Photo: Muhammed Abed, AFP/Getty Images)

Volunteers gather burnt manuscripts and books (Photo: Amr Nabil, AP)

Destroyed page from Description L'Egypte (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters) 

 

Civilian collects debris (Photo: Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images)

 
Books laid out for eventual restoration (Photo: Muhammed Abed, AFP/Getty Images)

Protester at the Institut (Photo: Mohammed Hossam, AP)

Interior of Institut d'Egypte after fire (Photo: Muhammed Abed, AFP/Getty Images)

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