The Institute de l'Egypte, originally established in the wake of the Napoleonic invasion, is the oldest Western-style academic centre in the Middle East. In the course of the recent riots, it has caught fire. It is presently unclear the extent of damage which has been done, but it is evident that some ancient books and manuscripts have been destroyed. Le Monde says:
http://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2011/12/18/l-incendie-de-l-institut-d-egypte-une-catastrophe-pour-la-science_1620245_3212.html
This is in Masry el-Youm: http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/554351
 


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