Annual Report 2007-2008

, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Annual Report

Available in: English - French - Arabic

The Annual Report covers all the events, activities, financial statements, and organizational structure of the BA during the reported period.

Architecture for a Changing World

, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Other Publications

Available in: English

In its celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina organized an exhibition and published a new and updated edition of the Award `s catalogue, which summarizes and brings together winning projects over the last 25 years. Through photographs, designs and detailed descriptions, the catalogue portrays 95 projects from 28 countries throughout the world, and recounts the work of teams of artists, architects, engineers and builders. The projects differ in style, spirit, composition and purpose; they cover a wide range of interest, varying from traditional approaches to landscaping and urban design, from contextual architecture to restoration and new housing.

New Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Reflections on a Journey of Achievements

, Mohsen Zahran Other Publications

Available in: English

On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, the BA published Dr. Mohsen Zahran`s account of the revival of the Ancient Library of Alexandria. Responding to Dr. Mostafa El Abbadi call`s over three decades ago, Dr. Zahran became one of the most forceful advocates in implementing the project and, in 1989, was appointed Executive Director of the General Organization for the Alexandria Library (GOAL). The book traces the journey of the BA beginning with the time it was no more than a figment of creative imaginations and ending with endless future outlooks, promises and horizons.

A Landmark Building: Reflections on the Architecture of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

, Ismail Serageldin Other Publications

Available in: English - French - Arabic

Located in a place very near to where the Old Library once stood and rising from the Alexandrian ground like a sun-disk, Bibliotheca Alexandrina decorates the scenery with its extraordinary design and welcoming cultural plaza. This book provides a thoughtful critique of the Library`s breathtaking architecture, placing it within its cultural, physical and international context. A detailed and illustrated description of the vast complex and the institutions it comprise is also included.

Much More than a Building

, Ismail Serageldin Other Publications

Available in: English

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina published a commemorative book in its attempt to present the fruits and triumphs won along five years. It sets off from the time the BA was no more than a dream and traces its gradual development as it slides into the world of reality, coming to life again after sixteen hundred long years. The book documents the multifaceted program of activities the BA presented from 2001 to 2007, continually envisioning its aspiration to encourage the pursuit of knowledge, promote dialogue between peoples and cultures and, eventually, advocate world peace and harmony.

Hassan Fathy

, Ismail Serageldin Other Publications Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med)

Available in: English

Written on Egypt's best known architect since Imhotep, this book presents a detailed biography of a man who, rooted in his local surroundings, strove for cultural authenticity and was, as a result, universally appreciated. Born on 23 March 1900, Hassan Fathy was destined to influence the architectural trends and modes of his century. A renowned name in his field, Fathy was still a lonely guru who, though marginalized by his contemporary peers, never compromised his vision; he continued to reject the Western modernist norm and design for human beings. This must-read book presents an illustrated documentary of the projects and buildings Fathy so masterfully designed.

Cocktails and Camels

, Jacqueline Carol Other Publications

Available in: English

Cocktails and Camels is a lively and humorous portrait of a family of Lebanese origins living in the heyday of cosmopolitan Alexandria during the 1930s and 1940s. Throughout the book, the author wittily evokes the diversity of cultures in a thousand small details that make this book a delightful read from beginning to end.

From Camp Caesar to Cleopatra’s Pool

, Esther Zimmerli Other Publications Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med)

Available in: English

This monograph is an English translation of Esther Zimmerli Hardman’s memoirs, in which the author recounts her childhood in Alexandria and the lifestyle of her family and of the Swiss community in the city, with its traditions and customs living alongside the other foreign communities as well as the Egyptians.

Prince Omar Toussoun and His Archeological Legacy

, vMohamed Awad and Carole Escoffey Other Publications Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med)

Available in: English

Omar Toussoun assisted archeologists and scholars, and facilitated and participated in archeological excavations on his own lands in Aboukir and Mamoura. This book highlights his contribution in the discovery of a large portion of the ancient Alexandrian heritage and to its preservation.

Annual Report 2006-2007

, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Annual Report

Available in: English - French - Arabic

The Annual Report covers all the events, activities, financial statements, and organizational structure of the BA during the reported period.

BioVisionAlexandria2006: Conference Booklet

, Ismail Serageldin Catalogue Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP)

Available in: English

The Conference booklet comprises all information related to the BioVisionAlexandria2006 starting with the conference’s program and ending with the list of partners, sponsors, supporters and exhibitors. In addition, the booklet includes profiles and short biographies of all attending speakers with a brief description of their presented abstracts.

Colors of BioVisionAlexandria 2006

, CSSP Catalogue Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP)

Available in: English

This publication aims to present an overview of the BioVisionAlexandria 2006 conference and gives a brief portrayal of the next BioVisionAlexandria 2008 conference.

Changing Lives

, CSSP Other Publications Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP)

Available in: English

One of the main objectives of BioVisionAlexandria 2006 was to highlight both the challenges and the successes in delivering better healthcare and nutrition to those most in need – aiming at changing their lives.

Science: The Culture of Living Change

, Ismail Serageldin Other Publications

Available in: English

Covering many topics related to science, this book is comprised of different lectures given by Dr. Ismail Serageldin in different occasions. The lectures discuss the admirable values of science; such as truth, honor, rationality and openness to the contrarian view, and pinpoint their role in making societies better places to live in. Other subjects concerning forthcoming challenges, capacity building in science and technology, and the issues confronted by women in the practice of science are also addressed.

Freedom of Expression

, Ismail Serageldin Other Publications

Available in: English

Prejudice and intolerance always seem to find their fuel in the voices of those who inhabit the dark age of censorship. Faithful to its mission, the BA published four speeches addressed by Dr. Ismail Serageldin on the pivotal subject of freedom, reflecting different moments in the history of the young institution. Written in defense of freedom, the speeches draw a line between freedom of expression and unwanted blasphemy, remembering Gandhi who said “I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any”.