The New Library of Alexandria

The Library of Alexandria was maybe the greatest repository of knowledge in the ancient world. Located in Alexandria, Egypt, right on the Mediterranean, the library was burned by Julius Caesar in 48AD, and centuries worth of written wisdom were lost.

If you’re as upset about this fact as the rest of the internet, it’s probably too soon, but I come bearing good news: though we’ll probably never know exactly the magnitude of what we lost, there is now another library on the site of the burned one.

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The Maktabat El-Iskandarīyah (or… Library of Alexandria, in English) opened in 2002, and can hold up to eight million books, though it holds only about 100,000 now. This is equivalent to what scholars believe the Great Library, held in its day. Experts estimate the library won’t be full for another eighty years. The new Library of Alexandria is also home to seven specialized libraries, four museums, two extensive permanent collections, and access to the Internet Archive, a massive digital library.

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The ancient library was important not only in itself, as one of the most prestigious libraries of its age, but in that it was a model for other libraries which proliferated throughout the area in major cities and even in smaller ones. The new library, though modern, is both a memorial to the one that burned, and proof that knowledge is still valued as it was then. The library houses books in Classical Arabic, English, and French.

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The Story Behind Egypt’s Amazing Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is not just one of the most crucial libraries in the Middle East, but it is also one of the major cultural centers in modern history. Located on the Mediterranean Shores in Alexandria, Egypt, it opened in 2002 and is an attempt to rejuvenate the virtuosity of the Library of Alexandria. The Library of Alexandria, which was established in around 250 BC, was located in Alexandria, Egypt, and was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. The Library had acquired a large number of papyrus scrolls, with an estimated range of 40,000 to 400,000 at its peak.



The city of Alexandria came to be well known as the capital of knowledge, wisdom, and learning, largely because of the Great Library. Many important and impactful scholars worked at the Library during the third and second centuries BC.


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In 48 BC, parts of The Great Library were accidentally burned by Julius Caesar during his civil war. There is a widespread belief that the Library was merely burned one time, and catastrophically destroyed, but in actuality it just declined over the course of many centuries.


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The notion of reincarnating the historic library dates back to almost fifty years ago, in 1974. Finally, in 1995, construction work began and the complex was officially inaugurated in October of 2002. The library is trilingual, containing books in Classical Arabic, English, and French.

There has been a lot of criticism of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Many believe that it is a white elephant in the nation, meaning that it is quite expensive, but lacks value, or use. There are also fears that since censorship is prominent throughout Egypt, it could have a negative impact on the library’s collection. However, it does heavily rely on volunteer support and charitable donations.



Nevertheless, this library is deeply historical and extremely rich in culture.



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Netflix Adapting Egyptian Author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s ‘Paranormal’

Netflix’s content features shows and movies from all over the world from a variety of different genres. The expansion into new territory continues with a new series straight from Egypt.

The streaming service announced that they have ordered the series Paranormal, based on the Egyptian novel series of the same name. Combining several different genres, the series follows haematologist Dr. Refaat Ismail and his adventures dealing with the supernatural.


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The series has been very well received and sold more than 15 million copies in the Arab world. The late author, Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, was the first contemporary horror and sci-fi in the Arab world to author more than 200 books.

This will be the first production between Netflix and Egyptian producers. The series will be produced by famed Egyptian produced Mohamed Hefzy and directed by Amr Salama. In an interview with Deadline, Salama said Paranormal is one of his favorite series.


“I’m very excited about this project, It was my dream to adapt Paranormal of the late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik and turn it into a drama since I ever wanted to be a filmmaker. I’m proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping the essence of Paranormal. I can’t wait to introduce these exciting stories to the Netflix public in 190 countries around the world.”


No word yet on cast news or filming dates.



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