The Case Against the Grand Egyptian Museum
July 20, 2011 10:42 AM Subscribe
Mohamed Elshahed writes in Jadaliyya
about the many problems with the museums of Egypt, including their conflation of "Egyptian history" with "ancient Egypt", their tendency to address themselves to tourists rather than Egyptians, their recent domination by the influence Zahi Hawass (who has resigned
as Minister of Antiquities for the second time in five months, after having first left his post in March over the looting of archaeological sites
during the recent uprising), their poor organisation and shadowy finances and, not least, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities' use as a torture site during the protests in Tahrir Square.
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