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; 58 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
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The Ministry of Culture of Egypt is a ministry responsible for maintaining and promoting the culture of Egypt. The current Minister is Helmy Namnam.[1]

History and structure[edit]

Until 1958, the ministry of national guidance dealt with the cultural affairs.[2] The ministry was established by President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1958 under the name of the ministry of culture and national guidance.[2][3] The French model was adopted in the establishment.[3]

The ministry has the following branches:

  • Supreme Council of Culture
  • Egyptian General 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.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Egypt's Sherif Ismail cabinet with 16 new faces sworn in by President Sisi". Ahram Online. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b Sonali Pahwa; Jessica Winegar (Summer 2012). "Culture, State and Revolution". MERIP 42 (263). Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Egypt's Cultural Players in Crisis". Middle East Report. 

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