Aslam works in the Al-Azhar university. This is a second job.
As a child he was taught how to make books by local masters in al-Darb al-Ahmar. Today, he teaches a colleague from Al-Azhar university the craft.
The pages are glued to the spine with glue and then stacked and compressed while the glue dries.
They produce around 150 books a day, though when they are big books or more expensive ones, this can drop to ten a day. They reproduce ancient texts rooted in Egypt’s social history. The books are mainly for export. They go to Islamic countries.
They are currently binding a tafsir, a commentary on the Qur’an, written in 630 hijri (1232 CE). It is about fuq Islam; the day-to-day ruling guidelines. They are preparing it using an old-fashioned book binding technique.