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The Bulaq Press Museum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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The Bulaq Press was Egypt's first government-owned industrial printing house. It came to be at the heart of a qualitative and quantitative cultural leap in Egyptian society and the Arab region. The Bulaq Press was preceded by the two presses brought to Egypt during the 1798 French campaign. A great deal of attention was paid to the Bulaq Press by the Egyptian government during Muḥammad ʿAlī's reign. The years between 1881 and 1896 witnessed a recession in the activities of the Press. In 2005, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Calligraphy Centre adopted a work plan that aims at seeking the origins of modern printing techniques in Egypt. The Bulaq Press museum exhibition is laid out in an open area accessible to all library visitors. It contains seven machines, two memorial plaques, the iron safe box of Muḥammad ʿAlī, the company personnel log, and some publications.

Keywords: Arab region; Bibliotheca Alexandrina; Bulaq Press Museum; Egyptian society; Muḥammad ʿAlī



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