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Egyptian anti-semitism in the Bibliotheca[edit]

I was wondering what the general feeling was as to whether this should be included?

EXCERPT from wiki article on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion:

On November 17, 2003, an Egyptian weekly al-Usbu‘ reported that the manuscript museum at the Alexandria Library, displayed the first Arabic translation of the Protocols at the section of the holy books of Judaism, next to a Torah scroll. The museum's director Dr. Yousef Ziedan was quoted as saying in an interview:

"...it has become one of the sacred [texts] of the Jews, next to their first constitution, their religious law ... more important to the Zionist Jews of the world than the Torah, because they conduct Zionist life according to it ... It is only natural to place the book in the framework of an exhibit of Torah."[1]

It also quoted him as saying that no more than one million Jews were killed by the Nazis, but Zionists manipulated the "knowledge that has reached the world".[2]

Dr. Yousef Ziedan strongly denies these quotes, accusing al-Usbu‘ of attributing "fabricated, groundless lies" to him and stating that "the Protocols is a racist, silly, fabricated book":

"The story began with an article in an Egyptian newspaper, al-Usbu‘, two weeks ago (on November 17th, 2003), which alleged quoting from me utterly senseless statements intertwining facts with fancies. A month before, a journalist from the aforementioned newspaper interviewed me concerning the recent refurbishment of the manuscript and rare book museum. I handed her a written statement, as was the case with other journalists who covered the same news. Although, she concluded her article with my exact words, she started it with fabricated, groundless lies. She falsely reported me saying that I placed an edition of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion at the center of the museum alongside the Jewish Torah and divine books. Moreover, she claimed that I told her that this book is more significant then the Torah... On my part, I would like to maintain to the visitors of ziedan.com that the Protocols is a racist, silly, fabricated book. Perhaps, I should consider more thoroughly the Jewish issue on the academic level and furnish my vision of the interaction of religions. As civilized people, we totally renounce racism and call for tolerance and constructive interaction between people." ([1])

After the publication, director of the Library Dr. Ismail Serageldin issued a statement:

"Preliminary investigation determined that the book was briefly displayed in a showcase devoted to rotating samples of curiosities and unusual items in our collection. ... The book is a well-known 19th century fabrication to foment anti-Jewish feelings. The book was promptly withdrawn from public display, but its very inclusion showed bad judgment and insensitivity..."[3]

The 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty demands the sides "to refrain from organizing, instigating, inciting, assisting or participating in acts or threats of belligerency, hostility, subversion or violence against the other Party."[4]

end excerpt

Does anyone object to my adding this information? It would seem to cast doubt on the "rekindling" of "brilliance", if true. -Kasreyn 04:48, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Re: Egyptian anti-semitism in the Bibliotheca[edit]

As long as this can not be confirmed I see no point of adding it. It doesn't further our knowledge with the library in any helpful way.

What makes you think it isn't confirmed? I quoted the source above. Kasreyn 08:09, 6 July 2006 (UTC)
hunh ?, and what you meant is confirmed, the newspaper's (al-osbou') quote, or its denial by Dr. Ziedan ?
please, wikipedia isn't the right place for funny/weird senseless news.
by the way, anti-semitism doesn't mean anti-zionist doesn't mean anti-jewish, Egyptian people themselves are now half semitist, like arabs (from arabia) are.
no mean to spread such propaganda in the FREE wikipedia, keep it for israeli officials, and its denial for egyptian officials.
Khaled.khalil 06:46, 29 July 2007 (UTC)

Location near ancient library?[edit]

I've read in several sources that the ancient library was located near the centre of the city, within 50m of the intersection of the streets that are today named Sidi al-Metwali and An-Nabi Daniel. The new library is about 1.5km away, on the Corniche. Saying this is "near" the site of the ancient library is stretching the truth somewhat. Can anyone verify this? --Gene_poole 05:02, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

can you list (at least) one of your sourses, if you can you may modify the article.
Khaled.khalil 06:50, 29 July 2007 (UTC)

Stylistic Rewrite Needed[edit]

This article has clearly been authored primarily by those who do not speak English as a first language. It is in dire need of a rewriting by a native speaker. At that point, it will be easier to guage whether there are POV issues or whether they are arising out of poor semantics.

One and a half kilometers is walking distance, I'd call that "near."81.7.91.43 11:07, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

NPOV discussion[edit]

The editor (User:Xiaphias) who placed the POV-template gave the following reasons for his initiative:

  • Seems not neutral to him
  • Cited sources are not available on the internet, so the citations can't be checked on the internet

Both of the arguments seem vague to me. The cited sources are established magazines and can be easily looked up in a library. I'll actually do that myself now that I think of it. It's not because you have to physically move to check a source that it automatically is an invalid citation.

If the sources turn out to be cited correctly I'm removing the POV template for sure.

But if there are people in favor of keeping the template, can we please have a more thought through discussion about this section and its possible POV problem? Key to the city 20:17, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

  • Ok, here is result n°1:
reference Bruce Watson, "Rising Sun", Smithsonian, april 2002, I quote:

Though it possesses far fewer books than any other celebrated library--about 500,0o0 as compared with the 9.6 million books and other printed materials in the Library of Congress--it is drawing worldwide attention, both for its bold architecture and for its proximity to the site of the most famous library of the ancient world.

"Everyone knows it is a beautiful building," said one Egyptian businessman, "but they should ask what's inside it. What are the books?" In fact, the collection specializes in the history of Mediterranean cultures. Treasures include copies of rare manuscripts from the Arab conquest of Spain, donated by the Spanish government; documents from the Suez Canal construction; and thousands of Arabic manuscripts culled from Egypt's other repositories. Yet the businessman's question contains a barb. The world's ships no longer dock in Alexandria, and Egypt is no longer as rich as it was when the Ptolemies paid a king's ransom for Aristotle's personal library. Library directors have funds to buy only about 50,000 books per year (they expect as many annually from donations). But at that rate, the library won't reach its capacity of eight million titles for 80 years. Even more problematic: Can the library be "a lighthouse of learning," as former project manager Zahran likes to boast, in Egypt's censorious climate?

Contents of the Criticism section: correct. This even covers the censor issue too. Key to the city 10:03, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
  • Result n°2: Michel Arseneault, "Alexandria, from papyrus to the internet", The UNESCO Courier, (april 1999), I quote:

The BA is due to be officially opened at the end of this year by president Mubarak, who will be running for a fourth term of office in October. Will his opponents criticize him for spending so much money on a fancy library when half the country's adult population cannot read or write? Egypt is forking out almost two-thirds of the $172 million cost of the building itself...

Check. I'm not even going to look up the other article. The editor who wrote the criticism section did his homework. I'm removing the template. I'll tone it down a bit too, to make it more in harmony with the cited articles. Key to the city 10:29, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for verifying these sources! -kotra (talk) 03:44, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Weird POV sign?[edit]

Why is it that the only references in this article are in the criticism section? Murderbike (talk) 04:23, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Because the guy who wrote the criticism section used sources and the other people didn't? I don't get what you're trying to say... Key (talk) 11:35, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

What language is "Bibliotheca Alexandrina"?[edit]

Is it ancient Greek? This should be noted, I think. Even though it doesn't have any direct importance, it's useful to know what language something is in. -kotra (talk) 04:09, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Its Latin; which makes sense could the Romans were the first to burn the original library, i guess. --Dudeman5685 (talk) 04:00, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! [2] confirms that it is Latin. I've added (Latin for "Library of Alexandria") now. -kotra (talk) 17:32, 16 April 2008 (UTC)
Four years of high school Latin and i finally had a chance to apply it to a practice situation;)--Dudeman5685 (talk) 03:30, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Literacy criticism[edit]

I've removed the illiteracy issue criticism here. While there are sources about Egypt's illiteracy rate, there isn't a source that anyone is connecting the library's cost with that issue. It feels like synthesis to me. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 06:50, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Digital Assets Repository[edit]

Hello. I recently edited the article by adding a new section called Digital Assets Repository, but I figured out after editing that there is a separate page for it Digital Assets Repository on the wiki. I guess this means an editor has to undo my [my edit]. A newbie mistake, sorry! SamzY (talk) 22:32, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

A brief summary of a sub-article within a main article is totally fine, and any further expansion should be made there instead. However, I'm of the opinion that the digital assets article should be merged into this one because it doesn't appear to be notable enough for a separate article. Fitzcarmalan (talk) 22:52, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
The separate article about this system has resources including 3 books and 2 external links. I already add 2 other book references while editing the current article (here). If this is notable enough, then I suggest updating the digital assets article with the new resources while adding a brief summary here as you already suggested.SamzY (talk) 09:55, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Do what you deem fits. It's just that I was unsure whether the subject merits a separate article or not, but per the sources you just mentioned, it could be notable. Fitzcarmalan (talk) 11:30, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
OK, I'll make the required modifications. Thank you!SamzY (talk) 17:53, 2 February 2015 (UTC)