The Alexandria Library | A Symbol for the New Egypt | By Michael Z. Wise – WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal looks at how young people reacted to ensure the safety of the library of Alexandria during unrest in Egypt.

Looking like a massive computer chip or the disc of the sun rising up from the Mediterranean coast, the hypermodern successor to the ancient library of Alexandria stands out as a beacon of hope, efficiency and enlightenment among the crumbling buildings of Egypt’s second-largest city.

The library was saved from damage last week during the violent unrest in Egypt after youths formed a human cordon around the building. This revived storehouse of knowledge, destroyed at least twice in classical antiquity, has been spared damage in the country’s current violent unrest after Egyptian youths held hands last week to form a human cordon around the massive building on the Alexandria Corniche. “Not a single stone has been thrown at the glass facade,” said Ismail Serageldin, the Harvard-educated polymath who directs the library, by phone Monday from his office inside the building. “We are revising our work program to be able to continue to serve as a focal point for the promotion of reform and for civil liberties.”

via The Alexandria Library | A Symbol for the New Egypt | By Michael Z. Wise – WSJ.com.

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