Rare manuscripts of 1930s railway project to Hijaz

09-12-2016 07:23 PM

Islam Abul-Wafa


Sheikh Mohammed al-Esh, Director of al-Awqaf (Religious Endowments)

Directorate in the west Delta governorate of Beheira, announced that rare

manuscripts dating to the early 1930s have been found in the town of Kafr al-

Dawwar. The manuscripts concerned plans for building a railway line that would

have linked Egypt and the Hijaz—the part of present-day Saudi Arabia that

includes the holy towns of Mecca and Medina—to serve pilgrims. It was presented

to King Farouk, directly after he ascended the throne of Egypt in 1936.

This manuscript was found by Yehia al-Homossani, the grandson of Sheikh

Mahmoud Sayed al-Hommosani, who is resident of Kafr al-Dawwar. He presented

it to the Directorate which houses a collection of manuscripts, books and rare

copies of the Qur’an that have been found in various libraries and mosques. 

Esh said the rare manuscript together with all the attached maps were handed to the

committee formed by the Ministry of Endowments. The committee is

authenticating and indexing the manuscript and the old prints, together with other

similar material found in Beheira mosques.

Watani International

9 December 2016

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