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Mostafa el-Abbadi, 88, Historian of Ancient World Who Led Alexandria Library's Revival

CAIRO -- Mostafa A. H. el-Abbadi, a Cambridge-educated historian of Greco-Roman antiquity and the soft-spoken visionary behind the revival of the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt, died on Feb. 13 in Alexandria. He was 88.

His daughter, Dr. Mohga el-Abbadi, said the cause was heart failure.

Professor Abbadi's dream of a new library -- a modern version of the magnificent center of learning of ancient times -- could be traced to 1972, when, as a scholar at the University of Alexa

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