Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Sunday, October 02, 2011

It is official and in the mainstream media like Ahram.  What's more, everybody seems to be happy and the protestors have agreed to stop their protests and sit ins.  Big projects like the Grand Egyptian Museum and the Avenue of the Sphinxes will continue, although it is unclear where the money will come from until tourism picks up again.

Mostafa Amine was formerly head of the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Department.  Quite what that means for any new projects, news or even publication of past SCA projects remains to be seen but it coudd be a fallow few years for Egyptology unless foreign missions are licensed.  


Stephanie said...

Strange that the protests were stopped upon a mere promise given by the new head of the SCA. Time will tell if he will have enough funds to keep this promise.
The Ahram article does not state explicitly if Amine unlike his predecessor has been given the power to implement his decisions, but his statements do suggest this might be the case.
He promises to care for pharaonic, coptic and islamic monuments alike, but as you say only time will tell if this is true.

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