Egypt Independent: Culture-Main news en Pharaonic tombs discovered in Minya <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-video_thumbnail" /><p>Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said Saturday two ancient Pharaonic tombs belonging to the 26th dynasty (663-525 BC) had been discovered at the Bahnasa region in Minya.</p><p dir="ltr">One of the tombs belonged to one of the ancient inscribers who had enriched cultural life during that era, the minister announced. It contained writing tools such as a bronze inkwell, two reed pens, as well as the intact mummy of the inscriber.</p><p dir="ltr">The second tomb, the minister said, belonged to a major clerical family whose members ran rituals at the Osirian temple discovered years earlier west of the two new discovery.</p><p dir="ltr">Ali al-Asfar, the head of the antiquities sector at the ministry said the tombs also contained mummified fish.</p><p dir="ltr">The minister said the discovery was made in cooperation with the Spanish mission working in the area.</p><p dir="ltr">Ibrahim added that the site would be rehabilitated to be included on the tourist map. He noted that the area hosts historical constructions dating back to the Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras.</p><br /><p dir="ltr"><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2435681 at Indonesia bans Hollywood epic 'Noah' over Islamic concerns <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Indonesia has banned Hollywood biblical epic &quot;Noah&quot; starring Russell Crowe, censors said Tuesday, the latest Muslim country to stop the film being screened due to concerns it contradicts Islamic values.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Censors in the world&#39;s most populous Muslim-majority country said they decided to ban the film, which had been set for release Friday, as the depiction of prophets is forbidden under Islamic law.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As well as being a biblical figure, Noah is also a prophet for Muslims.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We rejected the screening of the film in Indonesia,&quot; Zainut Tauhid Saadi, a member of the Indonesian Censorship Board, told AFP.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The visual depiction of a prophet is forbidden in Islam,&quot; he said, adding: &quot;The film will hurt both Christian and Muslim communities.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It came after the Paramount film based on the story of Noah&#39;s ark, which stars Crowe as Noah and is directed by Darren Aronofsky, was banned by Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&#39;s top Islamic body, the Al-Azhar institute, has called for &quot;Noah&quot; not to be screened in the country.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The film has also angered some Christian institutions in the United States due to Crowe&#39;s reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ongoing controversy over the film, which also stars Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson, prompted Paramount to announce last month they would add an explanatory message to future marketing materials for the movie.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It issued a joint statement with the US-based National Religious Broadcasters body, announcing the move &quot;to help audiences better understand that the feature film is a dramatization of the major scriptural themes and not a line-by-line retelling of the Bible story.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Indonesia has banned films in the past, including &quot;Balibo&quot; which which tells the story of Australian-based journalists allegedly killed by Indonesian troops in East Timor as Jakarta prepared to invade.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jakarta claims the reporters were killed in crossfire.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Noah&quot; will be released this week in several countries, including the United States on Friday.</div> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 AFP 2435126 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/25/94/russell_crowe.jpg Russia erects statue for prominent Egyptian writer <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Mohamed al-Badry, the Egyptian ambassador to Moscow, unveiled a statue of the Egyptian thinker and writer Abbas Mahmoud al-Akkad on Thursday at the Russian Research University, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of his birth.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The statue was made by Osama al-Soroury, head of the Egyptian Cultural Office in Moscow.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Badry praised Akkad as an intellectual and moral value that created a beautiful balance between thought, literature and language. He also reiterated the importance of the cultural relations between Egypt and Russia that bring the people of both countries closer to each other.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Akkad was born in Aswan on 28 June 1889 to a mother of Kurdish origin. His books were translated into Persian, Urdu, Malay, German, French and Russian.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Al-Azhar University called one of its halls after him, and a street in Nasr City is named after him as well.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:39:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2434934 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/13/484151/images.jpg Art Day to be inaugurated Thursday after 33-year suspension <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Interim president Adly Mansour will inaugurate on Thursday evening the Art Day after 33 years of suspension.Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, Culture Minister Mohamed Saber Arab, Information Minister Dorreya Sharaf Eddin, head of the General Federation of Art Unions Hany Mehanna and a number if foreign and Arab ambassadirs would attend the event.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mansour will honor during the celebration 14 artists, and composer Mohamed Abdel Wahab, whose birthday coincides with the event.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The celebration is divided into three parts, including performances by musicians, playwrights and filmmakers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mansour will grant a number of deceased artists the Republic Medal of Science and Arts including Mohamed Fawzy, Ezzedine Zulfiqar, Roshdy Abaza, Abdel Hay Adeeb, and Ahmed Munib. He will honor as well Faten Hamama, Nadia Lotfy, Shadia, Samiha Ayoub, Hassan Yousef, Ezzat Alayli, Mahmoud Yassin, Magda, and Mohsen Nasr.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The celebration will conclude with a concert for Angham and Hany Shaker.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:27:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2434914 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/12/05/484151/smh_0076.jpg.crop_display.jpg