UNESCO mourns pioneer of popular Egyptian literature Ahmed Morsi

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CAIRO – July 24, 2022: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has paid tribute to Egyptian Ahmed Morsi, a pioneer of popular literature, who died on July 19 at the age 78 years old.

“UNESCO’s Living Heritage Entity wishes to pay tribute to Dr Ahmed Morsi for his internationally recognized expertise in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage (ICH). His commitment to safeguarding cultural heritage has benefited the local communities and practitioners he has engaged with in Egypt,” the organization said in a statement posted on its official website.

“The Living Heritage Entity sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr Ahmed Morsi and will remember and honor his commitment and enthusiasm for safeguarding living heritage,” the organization concluded.

Morsi played an important role in the International Living Heritage Network as a member of the evaluation body and an expert representing Egypt in the regular meetings of the 2003 agreement. He contributed to the ratification of the convention by Egypt and the establishment of the national inventory list.

In addition, Morsi supported UNESCO in the implementation of the project “Strengthening national capacities for the protection of intangible cultural heritage in Egypt for sustainable development” in Egypt from 2018 to 2021, as a member of the consultative platform of the project.

He has published several books on oral heritage, including folk songs and women’s songs, and established the Higher Institute of Folklore, the first intangible cultural heritage educational institution in the Arab world.

Lucas E. Kelly