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al- Ahrām
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Al-Ahrām, a prestigious Egyptian newspaper, is one of the earliest Arab journals and the oldest to survive into the twenty-first century.

Founded in Alexandria by the Syrian emigrants Salīm and Bishāra Taqlā, al-Ahrām was launched on 5 August 1876. Several ephemeral journals had appeared earlier in Egypt, but al-Ahrām introduced new standards, presenting reliable, up to date information, rather than focusing on political battles. Beginning as a weekly, it shifted to daily frequency in 1881. In 1899 al-Ahrām relocated to Cairo, the beating heart of a vibrant journalistic scene.

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Ayalon, Ami, “al-Ahrām”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004150171, 2007, 2007-1

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