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Replica of a Mamluk bowl. The bowl has a rounded base, inward-sloping sides and a vertical rim. The engraved decoration is based on floral, geometrical and epigraphic elements. The design of this bowel is an imitation of the famous inlaid Mamluk…

In 1912, Najib Hawawini published a series of exercise booklets on various types of Arabic script. The booklets as well as the original printing blocks from which they were produced are presented here. They illustrate the unique complexities of…

In 1928, IBM introduced a new format of punch card, which became the standard for years to come. In Egypt, AUC was an early adopter of computer technology: Around 1968, the University purchased the NCR Century 100 mainframe, the first in the country,…

This volume contains the Arabic translation of the proceedings against Sulayman al-Halabi, who assassinated general Jean-Baptiste Kléber, the commander of the French forces in Egypt, in 1800. Both the typeface and the language of the text are…

The Medici Press in Rome produced the first Arabic printed books with movable type. Because Arabic is a cursive script in which many letters are connected, Arabic types were much more complex than Latin ones. Printing in Arabic did not catch on in…

This handwritten register reproduces the text of marriage contracts which were drawn up in al-Dilinjāt in 1910-1911. It is part of a large collection of similar registers, which serve as a record of the social life of the Egyptian Delta at the turn…

Prospero Alpini (1553-1617) was a Venetian physician and botanist, who lived in Egypt between 1580 and 1583. This nicely illustrated work contains his observations on the plants of Egypt, including some staples of Egyptian cuisine, such as molokhia.

This twenty-volume Arabic dictionary was printed at the Bulaq Press, established during the reign of Mohamed Ali in 1820. The first publication by the press appeared in 1822.


al-Muqtaṭaf; [The Digest] was an Arabic journal of popular science. The journal was published monthly from 1876 to 1952 in Beirut and Cairo, with a total of 121 volumes.
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