Ministry of Culture (Egypt)

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Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Culture
وزارة الثقافة
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Agency overview
Formed 1958; 60 years ago (1958)
Preceding agencies
  • Ministry of National Guidance
  • Ministry of Culture and National Guidance
Jurisdiction Egypt Egypt
Headquarters Zamalek, Cairo
Coordinates: 30°3′33″N 31°13′1″E / 30.05917°N 31.21694°E / 30.05917; 31.21694
Agency executive

The Ministry of Culture of Egypt is a ministry responsible for maintaining and promoting the culture of Egypt. The current minister is Ines Abdel-Dayem, former chairperson of the Cairo Opera and one of six women in the Egyptian Cabinet.[1][2]

History and structure

Until 1958, the ministry of national guidance dealt with the cultural affairs.[3] The ministry was established by President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1958 under the name of the ministry of culture and national guidance.[3][4] The French model was adopted by the establishment.[4]



In January 2001, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture was criticized for withdrawing three novels of homoerotic poetry by the well-known 8th Century classical Arabic poet Abu Nuwas from circulation.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ "Cairo Opera Chairwoman Ines Abdel-Dayem appointed Egypt's new culture minister". Ahram. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Jessica Winegar (2009). "Culture is the Solution: The Civilizing Mission of Egypt's Culture Palaces" (PDF). Romes. 43 (2). Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b Sonali Pahwa; Jessica Winegar (Summer 2012). "Culture, State and Revolution". MERIP. 42 (263). Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Egypt's culture wars The puritans won't give up". The Economist. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  6. ^ Mehrez, Samia (2001). "Take Them Out of the Ballgame Egypt's Cultural Players in Crisis". MERIP. 31 (Summer 2001). Retrieved 17 September 2018.

External links

  • The General Egyptian Book Authority official website
  • Egypt's Cabinet Database

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