Protecting Pharaoh's Treasures: My Life in Egyptology

Oxford University Press, 2017 - 231 pagina's
Growing up in Egypt's Nile Delta, Wafaa El Saddik was fascinated by the magnificent pharaonic monuments from an early age, and as a student she dreamed of conducting excavations herself and working in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. At a time when Egyptology was dominated by men, especially those with close connections to the regime, she was determined to succeed, and secured grants to study in Boston, London, and Vienna, eventually becoming the first female general director of the country's most prestigious museum. She launched the first general inventory of the museum's cellars in its more than hundred-year history, in the process discovering long-forgotten treasures, as well as confronting corruption and nepotism in the antiquities administration.
In this very personal memoir, she looks back at the history of her country and asks, What happened to Egypt? Where did Nasser's bright new beginning go wrong? Why did Sadat fail to bring peace? Why did the Egyptians allow themselves to be so corrupted by Mubarak? And why was the Muslim Brotherhood able to achieve power? But her first concern remains: How can the ancient legacy of her country truly be protected?

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Days of Rage
Wind in the Reeds
On the Great Pyramid
Dinner with Cleopatra
In the Belly of the Barque
The Tough Women of Luxor
At the Base of the Cathedral
In the Museum
The Smiles of the Blind

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Over de auteur (2017)

Wafaa El Saddik studied Egyptology in Cairo and Vienna. She was the first Egyptian woman to direct an excavation, and the first female general director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. She has been honored for her curatorial work on exhibitions inside and outside Egypt, and has received a number of international professional and humanitarian awards. She lives in Cologne and Cairo.

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