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Spring 1996

The Circle of Rivers

Gaber Asfour is the Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Culture. Widely regarded as one of Egypt's most prominent thinkers, his mission as head of the SCC is to guide and support modern Egyptian culture through the creation of writer's groups, the staging of plays and operas, and the publishing of books. In the following comments adapted from an interview with NPQ Associate Editor Leila Conners in Cairo, Asfour described the Egyptian cultural context at the end of the 20th century.

Cairo - Egypt is at an important juncture in its long and rich intellectual tradition. Against fundamentalist pressures throughout the region, we are trying to preserve the innate openness of Egyptian society as we prepare to enter the next century.

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