Ismail Serageldin

Culture & Arts

2005 20 November

Cultural Openness, Creativity and Business


Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Cultural Openness, Creativity and Business” in Cairo.

2005 20 November

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture


Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The Aga Khan Award for Architecture” at the Library of Alexandria.

2005 24 March

In Memoriam: Dag Hammarskjöld (July 29, 1905-September 18, 1961)

Alexandria, Egypt

A hundred years ago, Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was born. The youngest of four sons of Agnes Almquist and Hjalmar Hammarskjöld, prime minister of Sweden, member of the Hague Tribunal, governor of Uppland, chairman of the Board of the Nobel Foundation.

2005 13 January

Celebrating the Legacy of Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen Bi-centennial Celebration by HRH Prince Joachim of Denmark, Alexandria, Egypt

Thank you for the honor you do me. I am delighted to join you in advancing the cause of spreading the joy and happiness that Hans Christian Andersen has brought to the world’s children of all ages.

2004 30 December

Writing Clearly: Punctuation and Meaning


Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Writing Clearly: Punctuation and Meaning” at the BA.

2004 28 December

Architecture as Text and Context: Educating Architects in the 21st C


Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Architecture As Text and Context: Educating Architects in the 21st C” at the BA.

2004 7 January

Historic Cities


Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Historic Cities” at the Library of Alexandria.

2003 20 December

Egyptian Social Research


Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Egyptian Social Research” in Cairo.


حداثة شكسبير

 إسماعيل سراج الدين (مؤلف النسخة الأصلية الإنجليزية)- المشروع القومي للترجمة    Download

إحياء المدن التاريخية

 إسماعيل سراج الدين    Download

Historic Cities and Sacred Sites: Cultural Roots for Urban Futures

 Ismail Serageldin, Ephim Shluger, Joan Martin-Brown (Co-editors)    Download
1999 25 March

Allocution du Dr. Ismail Serageldin à l’occasion de la remise des insignes de Docteur Honoris Causa par le Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers

Paris, France

Je suis comblé par l’honneur que vous me faites aujourd’hui. Comme Robert Solow, mon illustre collègue à qui cet honneur a été décerné avant moi, je ressens un plaisir exceptionnel à recevoir ce doctorat particulier en raison de son origine : le Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. Tout comme lui, je voudrais vous expliquer pourquoi.


Very Special Places: The Architecture and Economics of Intervening in Historic Cities.

 Ismail Serageldin    Download
1998 30 March

Investing in Culture: A View from the World Bank

Remarks Delivered at UNESCO Symposium on Culture and Development, Stockholm, Sweden

I bring you greetings from Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, President of The World bank, a man of culture and champion of development, who has moved the Bank more on these issues in two years that it has ever been. I hope that in these brief remarks, I can do justice to the breadth of his vision, and to the commitment of my colleagues on the issues of mainstreaming our concern for culture in our drive for poverty reduction, empowerment and inclusion.


The Modernity of Shakespeare. Cairo, Egypt, and Washington, D.C.: Cairo University (Center for the Global South) and American University

 Ismail Serageldin    Download

Whenever themes intertwine in any work of art, it should not surprise us that, in the process of their unravelling, some strands are simply discarded while others assume a disproportionate girth and relevance. The influences in that selection, a kind of survival of the fittest, is what is often ignored, mostly because too close an examination may reveal uncomfortable motivations that lie outside the original work of art, and tell us more about the environment, history, politics, economic givens, culture, etc.—of selection and emphasis— than about the work itself, or the artist.

1997 16 January

Our Past is Our Future: Investing in Our Cultural Heritage

The protection of our cultural heritage is an essential part of protecting a sense of identity, a sense of who we are, that underlines that the present is a link from a well defined past to a future crafted by our actions, guided by our aspirations and our innate abilities, individually and collectively. This cultural heritage covers many things: literature, visual art, music buildings, customs, ritual and the objects of everyday use. This essay will focus the built environment and specifically historic cities.


Architecture of the Contemporary Mosque

 Ismail Serageldin, James Steele (Co-editors)    Download

Architecture Beyond Architecture : Creativity and Social Transformations in Islamic Cultures the 1995 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

 Cynthia C. Davidson with Ismail Serageldin (Co-editors)    Download

Home and the World : Architectural Sculpture by Two Contemporary African Artists : Aboudramane and Bodys Isek Kingelez (Focus on African Art)

 Ismail Serageldin  

Hassan Fathy

 J.M. Richards, D.Rastorfer, Ismail Serageldin (Co-editors)    Download

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