Google Doodle Celebrates Egyptian Historian Mostafa El-Abbadi on His 94th Birthday

Google Doodle Celebrates Egyptian Historian Mostafa El-Abbadi on His 94th Birthday


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Google has paid homage to renowned Egyptian historian and scholar, Mostafa El-Abbadi in its latest signature Doodle on 10 October, celebrating what would have been his 94th birthday.

El-Abbadi was a prominent historian and professor of Greco-Roman studies, credited with proposing the revival of the Biblioteca of Alexandria, which opened its doors in 2002. The Bibliotheca is a modern recreation of the Great Library of Alexandria, Egypt’s first universal library established between 285 and 246 BC.

Remnants of the Library of Alexandria | Photo Credit: Cyber Breeze
Library of Alexandria. Credit: Tour Egypt Club

Born in Cairo, Egypt on 10 October, 1928 El-Abbadi was part of a family of scholars. His father was the founder of the College of Letters and Arts at the University of Alexandria, which ignited El-Abbadi’s fascination and interest in academia at a young age.

An alumnus of the University of Alexandria, he received and received a scholarship to attend the University of Cambridge, after which, he became a professor at his original alma mater, the University of Alexandria. His work to recreate the library was recognized across the world with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to support his project.

Although El-Abbadi passed away on 13 February, 2017, his work and influence remain valued in Egypt as a renowned historian and scholar.

Google Doodles pay tribute to important figures and events in history, including celebratory events such as International Women’s Day. Various Egyptian figures have been featured in Google Doodles, including iconic singer Shadia, authors Suhayr El-Qalamawi and Notaila Rahsed, and many more.

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Farah Rafik is a graduate from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a dual degree in Multimedia Journalism and Political Science. After being an active participant in Model United Nation (MUN) conferences both locally and internationally, Farah discovered her love for writing. When she isn’t writing about Arts & Culture for Egyptian Streets, she is busy watching films and shows to review. Writing isn’t completed without a coffee or an iced matcha latte in hand—that she regularly spills. She occasionally challenges herself in reading challenges on Goodreads, and can easily read a book a day.

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