Chapter

Racing against Time

Jill Kamil

in Labib Habachi

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160615
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160615.003.0014
Racing against Time

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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

Chapter.  5845 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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