Deeds of Sultans and Princes
|Region / Country||
- Arab Countries > Egypt
|Year of Registration||2005|
|Possessing Institutions||The National Library and Archives of Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture|
|Management Institution||The National Library and Archives of Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture|
The deeds belonged to the Princes and Sultans who ruled Egypt, starting from the Fatimid era to the end of the Mamluke era. The collection refers to many of the distinguished historical persons in Egypt and Arab countries, thus demonstrating social, economical and political aspects during that era. It consists of four hundred deeds, in total, written on papers and parchments, in roll-form. The longest deed is forty metres long and its width ranges from 34 centimetres to 45 centimetres and they are kept in chemically-treated cardboard cylinders. In fact, this collection is considered as the oldest in the National Archives of Egypt, and does not exist elsewhere in any archives of the world. On this basis alone, the deeds could be considered as an incomparable and unique holding. There are 120 deeds written on parchment, including cultural heritage materials. In view of this, a great care must be given to preserving and maintaining this collection of deeds, which belonged to the Princes and Sultans. Therefore, the National Library and Archives of Egypt strongly nominates this collection of deeds from its own properties of documentary heritage for the Memory of the World Register.