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a scathing indictment of former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass 30 décembre 2012
Par Alan S. Glassman - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Prolific writers with in-depth knowledge of ancient Egypt, Robert Bauval and Ahmed Osman have teamed up to produce a scathing indictment of former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.

While the middle third of the book, some 118 pages or so, takes us back to a general history of Egyptian rule by foreign powers, the first and last third sections expose the recently dismissed Hawass, characterising him as a thief, braggart, opportunist, and government servant who frequently indulged in cronyism to further his own reputation.

We learn, first of all, that Hawass was schooled for his Ph.D. in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania with funding from the Edgar Cayce Institute, now called the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE). In fact, by pulling some strings, so to speak, he was given a Fulbright scholarship because Hugh Lynn Cayce, Edgar Cayce's son, knew an ARE person on the Fulbright scholarship board.

Bauval and Osman also point out that father Edgar had strong connections with some very high Freemasons. The Masons have always traced their mystery school heritage back to ancient Egypt. Understandably, they would be delighted if Edgar's prediction that an Atlantean Hall of Records were to be found underneath the Sphinx and the Pyramids.

Our authors continue, "Having said this, it must be strongly pointed out that Freemasonry has been banned in Egypt since 1964, and in the eyes of many (if not all) Arabs - especially staunch Islamists and anti-Zionists - Freemasonry is synonymous with Zionism and, consequently, loathed as an evil influence. Hawass - perhaps naively - let himself get deeply involved with the Edgar Cayce Foundation and its covert search for the Hall of Records at Giza, and in doing so, especially with the possible Masonic and `new world order' objectives of his patrons, could be viewed by some as placing Egypt's national security at risk."

When Hawass completed his Ph.D. in Pennsylvania in 1987, he returned to Egypt and was appointed general director of antiquities for the Giza Pyramids late that year. As time went on, Hawass became a favourite of Egypt's First Lady, Suzanne Mubarek. He was appointed to increasingly prestigious posts, not the least of which was head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

You'll remember seeing him on a variety of television shows, with his Indiana Jones-style Stetson hat and denim shirt, directing archaeological explorations and trying to keep us in suspense with the hope of finding important ancient artefacts, which he never really did. Funded by the National Geographic Society, the History Channel, Fox Network, the Discovery Channel, CNN, and others, Bauval and Osman estimate Hawass made a great deal of money from his TV-related exploits.

What we know now, since the overthrow of the Mubarek regime, is that the friendship between Hawass, Mrs. Mubarek, and other high-ranking Egyptian officials, "according to many legal complaints now lodged with Egypt's attorney general, resulted in the alleged siphoning or diverting of funds originally meant for archaeological facilities and restoration, as well as an upsurge in international black markets, as attested now by Interpol and other agencies involved in the prevention of antiquities trafficking."

As another Egyptian archaeologist said some years ago, "...we all know that our archaeology and monuments bring in more foreign currency than the Suez Canal, so where is all that money going?" One top official even resigned his post, claiming a government employee "mafia" clan controlled the Giza plateau for 20 years. He said he had discovered employees were involved in tomb robbing, "siphoning off ticket revenues, and tendering out restoration projects to favoured companies for commission money."

But then, in late January of last year, the revolution in Cairo began. Slogans by protesters in Tahrir Square in late May included: "No to Zahi Hawass!... Shut up Zahi Hawass!... The People Want Zahi Hawass to Go on Trial!... Hawass is a Thief!... A Spy for America!" In the interim months, Hawass had bounced around within Mubarek's cabinet, sometimes completely out, and sometimes back in power.

Finally, on 17 July 2011, the new prime minister dismissed Hawass from his post as Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs. The press reported that on 30 July, as he "walked out of the ministry's building for the last time, hundreds of protesters mobbed him, shouting... `thief, thief!' The security police barely managed to get Hawass into a taxi while protesters surrounded the vehicle..." But, the driver was able to get past the angry crowd, and Hawass was driven safely away to his home with nobody hurt.

As I said earlier, the middle portion of the book recounts a general history of Egypt. The authors show how many times the country, since ancient days, has been overrun by foreign powers who proceeded to loot its treasures - the Assyrians, the Persians, the Romans, the Ottomans, the French, the British, and many others.

It is also pointed out Egyptians themselves have done little to protect and preserve their ancient sites and artefacts. It's been primarily Western Europeans who explored, found, and then carted away many precious relics in order to keep them safe from local robbers who often used ancient stones for building their own structures, and even ground up mummies, selling the dust for its supposed medicinal value.

While Dr. Hawass may have begun with the intent of finding, protecting and preserving his country's archaeological heritage as a matter of pride for his nation, fame and greed and an inflated ego obviously caught up with him and subverted his initial mission. It is now up to the Egyptian people under a new government to carry the banner of continued discovery and preservation of their precious legacy. This is a crucial time in their history.

As Bauval and Osman conclude, "Egypt's future, and consequently the future of antiquities, hangs precariously in the balance. Time will tell in which direction it will go."

Even as I write this review, events are unfolding that shed more light on the situation in Egypt, as well as on the rest of the Arab world. The country's new Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, on the eve of his first visit to the US and to the United Nations in New York, was quoted as saying the West "needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values... if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger." Mr. Morsi recently gave a 90-minute interview in Cairo with the New York Times, and I recommend you view the Times' 23 September article about that interview. It is relevant to our story about the past and current plight of archaeology in Egypt.

- This review first appeared in New Dawn magazine issue #135
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Breaking the mirror but opening the door 24 août 2012
Par David c - Publié sur
Format: Broché
An excellent book,
I thoroughly enjoyed the modern history of a country I had very little knowledge of, and the expose of Hawass.
The personal stories of both authors added to the enjoyment, both Egyptian born but living outside their beloved country.
This book needed to be written to show the depths that this once great historic country has fallen under a corrupt and egotistical regime, a regime that Hawass was happy to support.
It begs the question what further skeletons are hidden in Hawass's past? Forget Indiana Jones, think Rene Belloq!!!

I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand the recent history of Egypt and its recent troubled past.
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Mostly an Egyptian history lesson... 13 août 2012
Par Sweet Pea #2 - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I am an avid fan of both authors of this latest book. So I ordered it long before it published.
I was very disappointed as what I expected the basis of the book was anything but! Most of this
tome is a recount of Egypt's history with an account of the charlatan's,Zahi Hawass, rape, pillage and impediment
to objective research into the ancient past. There were scant pages given to actual archeology; an appendix
about King Tut's death, and precious little else. Had I known the theme of this book, I would not have
ordered it. Hope this little review helps others to only buy it if Egypt's national history is what
you want to study.
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Par Robert Steven Thomas - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The archaeological treasures in Egypt are among the most valuable on Earth. They represent some of the most important keys to correctly understanding human history and evolution. As such, they remain an international treasure of such magnitude that they cannot be entrusted to the primitive citizens of Egypt alone. Robert Bauval, in addition to being a prolific writer and researcher on the modern understanding of Egyptian monuments and heritage, is also a native-born Egyptian. His Egyptian descent goes back three generations. So, when Bauval and his native-born co-author Ahmed Osman write a book which is a history of the last two-hundred years of Egyptian corruption, destruction and mis-representation of this priceless heritage, the people of the world need to wake up and take notice. Regrettably, the worse may be yet to come. While the Mubarak regime and extensive corruption of his Minister of Antiquities - Zahi Hawass, is only now coming to light, the present domination of Egypt's government by the fanatical-fundamentalist "Muslim Brotherhood" may represent the most far-reaching implications for additional waste and destruction of Egypt's priceless heritage on an unprecedented scale. There is serious talk at the highest levels of the Morsi government to blow-up and utterly destroy the ancient pyramids and temples in the name of "Allah." The authors have written a very important and revealing account of the corruptive scope under Egypt's government/rulers during the last two centuries. The commoners in Egypt's modern society are either too ignorant or apathetic to govern themselves effectively. This book represents a much needed "cry for help." Do your part by reading it and adding your voice to the international demand for a modern reasonable solution. Robert Steven Thomas, author of:
Intelligent Intervention
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Breaking the Mirror of Heaven 27 août 2012
Par Darrell Davisson - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Bauval and Osmon both occupy, among others on Egyptian history and sources, a growing space on my book shelves, but this book is quite different than most. Breaking the Mirror of Heaven is about the treasure that was once the land of Egypt, a land by all accounts rich in the most beautiful temples, towns and palaces that once existed in the ancient world or virtually anywhere. According passages in one of the Nag Hammadi manuscripts Egypt was once a literal vision of Heaven on earth. What we have today, as documented in this penetrating book is a history of the pillaging and destruction of that once beautiful mirror, much like a fabulouse jewelry case with the rightful owners and keepers helplessly bound by their own indifference, ignorance, profiteering, and religious intolerance as others made off with the treasure, most to be lost forever.

Tragically, the modern overseers installed in office to protect and preserve this national heritage continue to demonstrate continuing theft, destruction, and a myopic understanding of their global contract to protect these priceles monuments, a tyrant among tyrants who has fostered both ineptitude and deliberate removal of priceless ancient materials & monuments under the supervisory direction Mr. Ahi Hawass. After being forcefully ejected and unseating from his post during the recent Egyptian rebellion against Mubarik, Hawass now sits restored in an equal or even more autoritarian position to bring further loss and depredation to the archeology and preservation of ancient Egypt, insidiously thinking he is its greatest presevationist. Tragically, he is only one of many in a long history who have exploited Egypt including most other nations of the world--Egyptians themselves, the anti-Pagan iconoclasm of both Christians and Islamists, but especially imperial France and United Kingdom, both of which can claim ironically that their co-opting of Egyptian art and monuments also set the foundations for a scientific archeology. For anyone attempting to understand the violence suffered to the art, architecture, and social fabric of this ancient civilization over the last 5-7,000 years, this book is a must. It is a must read for any social scientist, archelogist, historian of art, or anyone interested in the human condition and its penchant for fateful deeds and misdeeds. An excellent summary that stays on target.
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