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Egyptians remove the name “Mubarak” from schools & more

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There’s a very interesting article in the New York Times about Egyptian efforts to remove the name “Mubarak” from schools, bridges, metro stops and more.

Here’s the first paragraph of the article:

“CAIRO — The former president of Egypt was not the statue-building kind, or else we’d have already seen a few Baghdad-like images of marble icons being brought down by jubilant masses after his abdication on February 11. (Come to think of it, I wish we had a few statues to bring down.) But after three decades of rule, and with a particularly auspicious name — Mubarak means “blessed” — the number of buildings, roads and projects named after him is impressive; and as Egyptian society is endeavoring to repair the damage of his corrupt regime, it’s a different task altogether cleaning up the expressions of the blessed one’s megalomania.”

Doesn’t that remind those of us interested in Egyptology about similar efforts by those who followed Akhenaten (and other unpopular pharaohs) to remove his name and face from nearly everything he left behind? Interesting.

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Author: arcedc77

The ARCE Chapter in Washington, DC (ARCE-DC) sponsors, on average, ten free lectures and one seminar a year, plus occasional social events. We sponsor tours to Egypt and organize occasional bus trips to museums that are featuring exhibitions on Egypt. We maintain close contact with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., which frequently provides a speaking venue for our lecturers. Our lectures are otherwise coordinated with and held at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Our chapter has approximately 100 members and the average attendance at lectures is approximately 40 people. When held at the Egyptian Embassy, the number can exceed 100 attendees.

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