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Labib HabachiThe Life and Legacy of an Egyptologist$
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Jill Kamil

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160615

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160615.001.0001

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Racing against Time

Racing against Time

(p.287) Chapter 13 Racing against Time
Labib Habachi

Jill Kamil

American University in Cairo Press

Labib Habachi long harbored a wish to keep his personal library of over three thousand books as a unit after his death in order to provide a service to young students of Egyptology. He visualized a special building constructed on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor. Habachi put himself under enormous pressure in the last two years of his life. He was anxious to complete his articles on Rizkallah Makramallah and Zaki Saad for the Coptic Lexicon. Habachi's cycle of despondency was broken when he received invitations by the Austrian and German governments to receive decorations. No one expected him to travel to Europe, but with the foolhardiness of a man of action, he insisted on going. The Labib Habachi Archives in the library are in active use by scholars around the world. Habachi's awards are mounted near the bay window where he worked at a large desk.

Keywords:   Labib Habachi, death, Nile, Luxor, Coptic Lexicon, Rizkallah Makramallah, Zaki Saad

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