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Mission Statement

The Economic and Business History Research Center (EBHRC) is a research, teaching and documentation center at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Established to foster the use of business history in studying the economic and social history of Egypt and the Middle East, the center undertakes projects in documentation, research, publication, teaching and training that situate Egyptian or Middle East business history within its broader social history context.

In pursuing its objective, EBHRC acquires, classifies and makes available records of oral narratives and identifies collections of private papers and other selected documents. EBHRC promotes interest and provides support to outstanding students and researchers in the social and economic history of Egypt and the Middle East.  It aims at furthering an interdisciplinary approach in its operations, particularly its research, publication and teaching projects.

In fulfilling its mission, EBHRC operates on the basis of collaboration among scholars and institutions. As one of the early institutional attempts to enhance Middle East business history, EBHRC cooperates with interested parties in the large scholarly community to this end. In so doing, EBHRC capitalizes on the strategic advantage and in-house expertise of AUC and works toward achieving standards of excellence in all its operations.