Mohamed Arab

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Mohamed Arab
Minister of Culture
In office
16 July 2013 – 17 June 2014
Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi
Ibrahim Mahlab
Preceded by Alaa Abdel Fattah
Succeeded by Gaber Asfour[1]
In office
2 August 2012 – 4 February 2012
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
Preceded by Himself
Succeeded by Alaa Abdel Fattah
In office
December 2001 – June 2012
Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri
Succeeded by Himself
Personal details
Born (1948-12-23) 23 December 1948 (age 68)
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Independent

Mohamed Saber Ibrahim Arab (born 23 December 1948) is a veteran politician, who has served as Egypt's former minister of culture in different cabinets, including the Beblawi cabinet.

Early life[edit]

Arab was born on 23 December 1948.[2]


Arab served as a professor of modern Arab history at Al Azhar University in Egypt from 1974 to 2011.[2] He was a visiting professor at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman from 1986 to 1991 and at Emirates University in 1994.[2] He also worked as a professor of modern history at the Arabian Researches and Studies Institute of the Arab Countries League in Egypt 1994 to 2011.[2] In addition, he was the chairman of the National Library and Archives of Egypt (2005 - 2009) and of the Egypt's general authority for books and national documents (2009 - 2011).[3][4] In 2011, he retired from public post and became culture committee reporter at the National Council of Women.[4]

Arab served as the minister of culture in the interim government headed by Kamal Ganzouri.[5] He resigned from his post in July 2012.[6] However, he continued to serve in the same post in the Qandil cabinet that became effective in August 2012.[7] On 4 February 2013, he resigned again in protest of brutal violence against protesters.[8] On 7 May 2013, Alaa Abdel-Aziz El-Sayed Abdel-Fattah was appointed culture minister in a cabinet reshuffle to succeed him in the post.[9]

Arab was reappointed culture minister to the interim government led by Hazem Al Beblawi on 16 July 2013.[10][11]


Arab is the Egyptian State Award winner in social sciences of 2012 that was given in July 2012.[6]


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  2. ^ a b c d "About Us". El Masry Foundation. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Meet Hisham Qandil's new Egypt cabinet". Ahram Online. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b El Aref, Nevine (1–7 August 2013). "How he came back". Al Ahram Weekly (1159). Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Egypt's newly appointed cabinet" (PDF). American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b El Aref, Nevine (5–11 July 2012). "Honours upstaged". Al Ahram Weekly (1105). Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Egypt’s New Cabinet Under Qandil". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Culture minister resigns for third time". Egypt Independent. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nine new ministers announced in Egypt cabinet reshuffle". Ahram Online. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Who's who: Egypt's full interim Cabinet". Ahram Online. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Hauslohner, Abigail (16 July 2013). "Interim Egyptian cabinet sworn in". The Washington Post. Cairo. Retrieved 16 July 2013.