Nexus Library

Alexandria’s Remembrance of Things Past

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Nexus Library, volume VIII, English edition

Ismail Serageldin, director of the New Library of Alexandria, revives the spirit of ancient Alexandria in the Nexus Lecture 2011: Alexandria’s Remembrance of Things Past. Lessons for the Future of Europe and Islam. In a passionate plea, he 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.

We need to return to the cosmopolitanism of Alexandria of yore, and marry that with the tolerance and democracy of Europe today.


Egypt, 1944

Ismail Serageldin

director of the Library of Alexandria