Nexus Lecture Ismail Serageldin -

30 October 2011
14.30 – 16.30
Auditorium Tilburg University

Knowledge and Memory in Alexandria

Once, the Arab world was at the center of science and culture. In its heyday, the old city of Alexandria took up a special place, not least because of its famous Library. Now, the West carries the torch of tolerance, erudition and civilization – but not for much longer: Europe is in a crisis. Meanwhile, in the Arab world, a dangerous religious fanaticism is spreading. Ismail Serageldin urges Islam and the West to revive the spirit of ancient Alexandria and to fight for the universal values of the Enlightenment.

Nexus Lecture 2011: Knowledge and Memory in Alexandria. A Bridge between Islam and Europe


Ismail Serageldin - Lessons for the Future of Europe and Islam

Ismail Serageldin explains why the spirit of Alexandria should inspire Europe and Islam to build a common future.

Published in

Nexus Library

Alexandria’s Remembrance of Things Past

English edition

Alexandria’s Remembrance of Things Past

Ismail Serageldin calls for the Arab world and Europe to make the Library of Alexandria, that universal symbol of openness, tolerance, cosmopolitanism, culture and science, our guide and inspiration for a shared future.


Egypt, 1944

Ismail Serageldin

director of the Library of Alexandria


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