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Marcus SimaikaFather of Coptic Archaeology$
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Samir Simaika and Nevine Henein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774168239

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774168239.001.0001

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The Committee for the Preservation of Arab Art

The Committee for the Preservation of Arab Art

(p.125) 14 The Committee for the Preservation of Arab Art
Marcus Simaika

Samir Simaika

Nevine Henein

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses Marcus Simaika's work as a member of the Committee for the Preservation of Arab Art (Comité de conservation des monuments de l'art arabe). The Comité was founded in 1881 by Khedive Tewfik, son and successor of Ismaʻil Pasha. Long before joining it in 1905, Simaika had been in constant communication with, and was a very good friend to, Max Herz Pasha, a Hungarian Jew who worked under Julius Franz Pasha, the architect who directed the technical office of the Waqfs (Endowments) Administration and was a driving force in the Comité until his retirement in 1887. The chapter provides an overview of the Comité's activities, including the restoration of ancient Coptic churches.

Keywords:   restoration, Marcus Simaika, Committee for the Preservation of Arab Art, Khedive Tewfik, Max Herz, Julius Franz, Coptic churches

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