Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem during inauguration of the 51st CIBF - ET
CAIRO - 27 January 2020: Head of the General Egyptian Book Organization Haitham al-Hag stated that in its 4th day, the 51st Cairo International Book Fair attracted 180K visitors.
It is worth mentioning that the book fair will run until Feb. 4, 2020. Gamal Hemdan is the book fair’s main personality.
Hemdan obtained his primary certificate in 1939, and memorized the Holy Qur’an and its recitation at the hands of his father.
The late thinker and geographer joined the Department of Geography at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, graduated in 1948, and was appointed as a teaching assistant; then the university sent him on a mission to Britain in 1949.
He authored about 29 books and 79 papers and articles, with “The Personality of Egypt” that was published in 1967 being in the forefront.
His study "The Personality of Egypt: A Study in the ingenuity of the Place" is considered one of the most important geographical studies on Egypt, where Hemdan blended geography, history, politics, natural sciences, humanities and other applied fields.
In 1967, he also published his book "The Jews Anthropologically", in which he proved that the contemporary Jews who claim to belong to Palestine are not the descendants of the Jews who left Palestine.
Hemdan was granted the State Encouragement Award in Social Sciences and the State Appreciation Award in Social Sciences in 1986, the Scientific Progress Award from Kuwait in 1992 and 1959, in addition to receiving the Medal of Science of the first class for his book "The Personality of Egypt" in 1988. Hemdan passed away in 1993.