The Integration of Visual Writing Systems in Egyptian Culture
January 9th 2013, 7 PM
Haytham Nawar tackles the migration of lingual form through its chronological visual integration. Starting with his cultural heritage, referencing ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for their pictographic qualities, that had then gone through stages before it reached Greek alphabets and the Arabic language. Greek alphabets became integrated into the Egyptian language with the Coptic form; starting at Hieratic, it then became Demotic, Coptic and finally ended with Arabic as the primary language. Multilingualism had always existed in integrated cultures, and Nawar’s visual study presents us with the ancient importance of shared Greco-Egyptian cultures to where we are today in contemporary society.