Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany announced plans to establish Egypt’s first museum to celebrate religious tolerance, to be located in the New Administrative Capital.
According to Anany, the museum will include pieces from the ancient Egyptian period, as well as the Islamic, Coptic, and Jewish civilizations, all while highlighting Islam’s teachings of tolerance and Egypt’s diverse religions.
Throughout history, Egypt has seen all manner of religious happenings and artefacts come and go, and recently the country has shown interest in portraying minority faiths in its history.
In 2017, the Egyptian Museum held an exhibition for history of religions in Egypt titled “Egypt: the cradle of religions”, where it displayed history of religious beliefs for the Egyptians since the ancient times until the Arab conquest, in addition to artefacts representing different Egyptian religions since the time of Ancient Egypt, including the Byzantine, Roman, and Coptic eras.
Anany announced the formation of a committee to be responsible for the selection and curation of artefacts to be displayed, which will include former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawas, General Manager of the Tahrir Egyptian Museum Sabah Abdel Razik, and General Manager of the Islamic Museum Mamdouh Othman.