Al Thaqafa

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Al Thaqafa
EditorAhmad Amin
FounderAhmad Amin
Final issue1953
Based inCairo

Al Thaqafa (Arabic: Culture) was a monthly cultural and literary magazine which was in circulation between 1939 and 1953 in Cairo, Egypt. The magazine was founded by Ahmad Amin who also edited it during its lifetime.

History and profile[edit]

Al Thaqafa was launched in 1939 and published monthly until 1953.[1][2] It was printed on an A4-size paper and was consisted of 65 pages.[1] The founder and sole editor of the magazine was Ahmad Amin.[2][3] Al Thaqafa was among the publications which supported Islamic Arab culture in Egypt.[4] It published literary work, cultural articles, translations from Turkish, Persian, English, French and Indian and book reviews.[5]

In the 1940s one of the contributors was Mohammad Abd Al Bari who published articles on the political dimensions of culture.[6]


  1. ^ a b Elisabeth Kendall (July 1997). "The Marginal Voice: Journals and the Avant-Garde in Egypt". Journal of Islamic Studies. 8 (2): 221. doi:10.1093/jis/8.2.216.
  2. ^ a b Sabry Hafez (2017). "Cultural Journals and Modern Arabic Literature: A Historical Overview". Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics (37): 24. JSTOR 26191813.
  3. ^ William Shepard (May 1980). "The Dilemma of a Liberal Some Political Implications in the Writings of the Egyptian Scholar, Ahmad Amin (1886-1954)". Middle Eastern Studies. 16 (2): 85. doi:10.1080/00263208008700436.
  4. ^ Israel Gershoni (Summer 1992). "The Evolution of National Culture in Modern Egypt: Intellectual Formation and Social Diffusion, 1892-1945". Poetics Today. 13 (2): 333. doi:10.2307/1772536. JSTOR 1772536.
  5. ^ Chihab El Khachab (2021). "A brief history of the future of culture in Egypt". Journal of the African Literature Association. 15 (3): 372. doi:10.1080/21674736.2021.1935065. S2CID 237823111.
  6. ^ Patrick Kane (Fall 2010). "Egyptian Art Institutions and Art Education from 1908 to 1951". The Journal of Aesthetic Education. 44 (3): 45. doi:10.5406/jaesteduc.44.3.0043.