In Egypt, History for the People

Group hopes to encourage inquiry with an open archive of the revolution

In Egypt, an Open Archive Presents History for the People 1

Thomas Hartwell for The Chronicle

Khaled Fahmy, a historian at the American U. in Cairo, hopes Egypt's jealously guarded National Archives can become "a research center that generates new questions."

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Thomas Hartwell for The Chronicle

Khaled Fahmy, a historian at the American U. in Cairo, hopes Egypt's jealously guarded National Archives can become "a research center that generates new questions."

The Egyptians who poured into the streets of their cities early this year were well aware that they were making history. "In 10 years, when I see my children studying Egyptian history, I want to say: 'I was there,'" Ahmad, a young demonstrator on his way into Tahrir Square, told me on February 4, a week before President Hosni Mubarak was driven from office.

Egypt is still living through its revolution, and still wondering what the outcome will be. What's certain is