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
Headquarters Zamalek, Cairo
Coordinates: 30°3′33″N 31°13′1″E / 30.05917°N 31.21694°E / 30.05917; 31.21694
Agency executive
Website Official website

The Ministry of Culture of Egypt is a ministry responsible for maintaining and promoting the culture of Egypt. The current minister is Helmy Namnam, who has been a secular author and journalist.[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]


  • Supreme Council of Culture
  • The General Egyptian Book Authority
  • National Library and Archives
  • General Authority for Cultural Palaces
  • General Authority for Books and National Documents
  • The Opera House
  • General Authority of the National Agency for Urban Harmony
  • Egyptian Arts Academy
  • Department of Applied Arts
  • The Fine Arts Sector
  • Cultural Development Fund
  • The Book and Publishing Commission
  • Dar El kotob


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]


  1. ^ "Egypt's Sherif Ismail cabinet with 16 new faces sworn in by President Sisi". Ahram Online. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Azim, Nesma Abdel (September 21, 2016). "Helmy Al Namnam, the brave secular voice in Ismail's cabinet". Albawaba. 
  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 Cultural Players in Crisis". Middle East Report. 

External links

  • The General Egyptian Book Authority official website

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