PM reviews report on recovery of “Qansuh al Ghuri” manuscript

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli reviewed on Sunday 20/1/2019 a report on the Culture Ministry’s efforts to retrieve the manuscript of Sultan Qansuh al Ghuri.

Culture Minister Enas Abdel Dayim, in a meeting with the prime minister on Sunday, called the manuscript’s recovery as unprecedented, pointing out that it is the second one to be recovered in four months.

The manuscript belongs to Qansuh al Ghuri, the last Mamluk sultan, and contains some verses of the Holy Quran, she added.

It is also registered in the Egyptian National Library and Archives (NLA) since 1884, Abdel Dayim noted.

The move comes within the framework of the Culture Ministry’s keenness to restore all missing manuscripts and rare books from abroad, she asserted.

The NLA succeeded in recovering the manuscript before being sold in Sotheby’s auction house in London in November 2018, the minister said.

The Sotheby’s auction house agreed to deliver the manuscript to Egypt after it had ascertained the validity of the NLA’s documents, which prove the country’s ownership of the piece, the minister stressed.

Source: State Information Service Egypt