Macintosh HD:Users:nadasorour:Desktop:25c9443.jpgYou have been learning it the wrong way for a long period of time. Or at least, what I learned was wrong. The majority of the Egyptians or even other citizens, if you ask them what happened to the sphinx’s nose, they would blame Napoleon Bonaparte. They would go and explain how during his three years of occupation, he was responsible for breaking the sphinx’s nose. Some might explain how during the Battle of the Pyramids, one of the shootings was shot in the wrong target.

When one comes to research, “story behind the loss of the sphinx’s nose”, each source you read, will most probably give you a different answer.  There are not definite answers or proof for the explanation of historical events; however, from the obtained information one could come up with a valid conclusion. Back to the sphinx’s nose, several sources conclude that a Sufi Muslim called Mohammed Salim al- Dahr was responsible for breaking the sphinx’s nose. He was aggravated from the fact that the Egyptians made many offerings to the sphinx as a way to ask them to control the food cycle, in order for the harvest to turn out to be virtuous. A religious man like Mohammed Salim al- Dahr did not accept what the Egyptians were doing, so he decided to destroy part of the sphinx, which turned out to be its nose. Unfortunately, Mohammed Salim al- Dahr was executed due to his actions. This conclusion is not valid for definite, yet from the given proofs one might assume so. From the primary source, which was a painting drawn back then, shows the sphinx without a nose. The picture was drawn before the invasion of the French, which shows how Napoleon was not responsible for it.

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To come to a conclusion, what you hear is not necessarily the truth. To add to this, not necessarily what you read is also the truth. You are the one who has the choice to determine what is valid and what is not. To insure the credibility of any source, there must be any sort of proof. No one should immediately trust what they hear or read, because there is a high percentage that is all based on one’s assumptions and predictions. It is critical to question the credibility of almost everything you learn about.


By Nada Sorour


Works Cited:

Journeys, Smithsonian. “What Happened to the Sphinx’s Nose?”Smithsonian Journeys. © 2014 Smithsonian Journeys, 8 Dec. 2009. Web. 01 Oct. 2014. <http://www.smithsonianjourneys.org/blog/photo-what-happened-to-the-sphinxs-nose-180950757/>.