1-2pm (UK) / 2-3pm (Egypt) | This lecture will be recorded, register to be sent a video link

This Tuesday Spotlight lecture within our wider theme of 'The Walls Speak' will present the significance of the Rosetta Stone within the broader context of deciphering Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Ancient Egypt as the land of science and Mirabilia fascinated medieval Arab scholars. Many wrote serious studies on Egyptian culture and environment. Believing hieroglyphs to hold the key to unlock the ancient Egyptian scientific knowledge, several scholars dedicated themselves to the exploration of Egyptian hieroglyphs, attempting to decipher it before Champollion. Arab pioneers of study of hieroglyphs included Sufis and alchemists such as Dhu Al Nun Al Misri, Ibn Wahshyia, and Abu Al Qasim Al Iraqi. The quest to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs as evident from the Arabic manuscripts, paved the way to the success of Champollion as will be shown in this lecture.


Dr Okasha El Daly gained a PhD in 2003 from the Institute of Archaeology, (UCL) with a pioneering study on the medieval Arabic interest in ancient Egypt. He was a Project Director of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project (QSAP), Qatar Museums. He was the Director of Projects at the Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilization, UK supervising its pioneering exhibition “1001 Inventions. He edited, reviewed, translated and authored several works in archaeology, history of science, culture heritage and museum studies in both English and Arabic. He taught history of Ancient Egypt, culture heritage, history of science in Islamic Civilisation in the UK, Egypt and Qatar. He is currently Head of Acquisitions at Qatar University Press.

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