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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Recover Artifacts: Egypt Recovers Objects Stolen From Al-Imam Al-Shafie Dome
door and decorative elements stolen from the Sultan Al-Kamel Al-Ayyubi shrine
inside Al-Imam Al-Shafie Dome have been recovered. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The recovered door
Tourism and Antiquities Police succeeded in recovering a door and decorative
elements stolen early March from the Sultan Al-Kamel Al-Ayyubi shrine inside
Cairo's Al-Imam Al-Shafie Dome.
recovered artefacts includes of a 70-centimetre tall wooden door of the shrine
as well as a number of tiny wooden decorative elements.
Sultan Al-Kamel Al-Ayyubi shrine, located inside Al-Imam Al-Shafie Dome, was
subject to looting when thieves got inside the shrine after cutting barbed wire
that covered its window.
of the Department of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities at the Ministry of
Antiquities, Al-Saeed Helmi, said that all the objects were recovered and the
criminals caught. The objects are in a good state of conservation.
of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany expressed his appreciation for the efforts of
the Tourism and Antiquities Police in recovering the stolen objects. He
highlighted strong cooperation between the ministries of antiquities and
interior to "preserve and protect Egypt's cultural and archaeological
The recovered decorative elements
is the second time in a month that the Tourism and Antiquities Police have
managed to recover stolen antiquities. The first was when six lamps stolen from
Al-Refai Mosque in the Citadel area were recovered.
Al-Shafie Dome is considered as one of the largest of its time, built in 1211
AD during the Ayyubid era to venerate Al-Imam Al-Shafie.
dome has four shrines with wooden decorative structures: the first for Al-Imam
Al-Shafie, the second for the mother of Al-Sultan Al-Kamel, the third for
Sultan Al-Kamel, and the fourth for the family of Abdel Hakam, the family who
hosted Al-Imam Al-Shafie.
El-Shafie was one of the four great imams whose legacy on juridical matters and
teaching eventually led to the Shafie school of fiqh.