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Circling the Square

by Wendell Steavenson Ecco (July 21, 2015)

What happened to the promise of Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring?

On January 25, 2011, the world was watching Cairo. Egyptians of every stripe came together in Tahrir Square to protest Hosni Mubarak's three...

The Aesthetic of Revolution in the Film and Literature of Naguib Mahfouz (1952-1967)

by Nathaniel Greenberg Lexington Books (July 02, 2014)

This book examines the impact of revolution on one of the great literary minds of the twentieth century: Naguib Mahfouz. Concentrating on the years following the 1952 Free-Officers’ Coup that brought an end...

Ancient Egyptian Dances

by Irena Lexová Dover Publications (December 03, 2012)

One of the few books in English on the topic investigates origins, nature, role of dance in ancient Egypt. 80 drawings and illustrations adapted from tomb paintings, other sources. New introduction. Bibliography....

Making Cairo Medieval

by Nezar AlSayyad, Irene A. Bierman & Nasser Rabbat Lexington Books (March 25, 2005)

During the nineteenth century, Cairo witnessed one of its most dramatic periods of transformation. Well on its way to becoming a modern and cosmopolitan city, by the end of the century, a 'medieval' Cairo had...

Historical Dictionary of Egypt

by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. Scarecrow Press (October 10, 2013)

This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Egypt covers its history from its emergence as an independent actor during the reign of Ali Bey (1760-1772) up to and including the first two years of the Arab...

Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations

by Peter L. Hahn Scarecrow Press (February 06, 2007)

The current state of affairs between the United States and the Middle East is probably the most volatile and absorbing relationship the U.S. is involved in today. Prior to 1941, however, the U.S. preferred to...

Iran: The Essential Guide to a Country on the Brink

by Stephen Kinzer & Encyclopaedia Britannica Wiley (August 24, 2007)

On June 24, 2005, after nearly ten years of supporting liberal reform, the people of Iran surprised the world by electing the conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as their new president. Soon after,...

Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States

by Malcolm C. Peck Scarecrow Press (December 20, 2007)

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Gulf Arab States comes at a time when the world's attention is riveted on the Middle East. The small states covered in this volume_Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,...

Dawn Over Suez: The Rise of American Power in the Middle East, 1953-1957

by Steven Z. Freiberger Ivan R. Dee (February 12, 2007)

The most definitive account of the Suez affair to date, based on newly opened archives.

Hero of the Crossing

by Thomas W. Lippman Potomac Books (January 01, 2016)

In eleven dramatic years, Anwar Sadat changed history—not just that of Egypt, or of the Middle East, but of the entire world. As the architect of the 1973 war against Israel, he gained the support of other...


by Nicky Nielsen Pen and Sword History (August 30, 2020)

Egyptomaniacs examines the popular view of Egypt as an exotic, esoteric, mystical culture obsessed with death and overflowing with mummies and pyramids but asks ? is it at all accurate?

The Greek historian Hecataeus...

Knowledge is Light

by Katherine Salahi Oxbow Books (July 15, 2011)

For thousands of years travellers wandered to, and spread out through, Egypt and the Near East, seeking trade, adventure and knowledge. For centuries travellers to - and from - the Near East carried knowledge...

The Nile

by Toby Wilkinson & Peter Ganim Blackstone Publishing (May 05, 2020)

The Nile, like all of Egypt, is both timeless and ever-changing. In these pages, renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey downriver that is both history and travelogue. We begin at the First...

Tutankhamun: The Untold Story

by Thomas Hoving Cooper Square Press (April 02, 2002)

Former Metropolitan Museum of Art director Hoving recounts Howard Carter's search for Tut's tomb, and the international confrontations that followed, as Carter kept other archeologists away from his find, Carter's...

Gods in the Desert: Religions of the Ancient Near East

by Glenn S. Holland Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 16, 2009)

Gods in the Desert explores the fascinating religious cultures of the ancient Near East. From the mysterious pyramids, tombs, and temples of Egypt to the powerful heroes, gods, and legends of Mesopotamia, Glenn...

Jesus in the House of the Pharaohs

by Ahmed Osman Bear & Company (March 15, 2004)

A provocative thesis that the historical Jesus was connected to the royal 18th dynasty of Egypt

• Contends that Jesus, Joshua, and Tutankhamun were the same person

• Provides evidence from church documentation,...

The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt

by Ahmed Osman Bear & Company (September 19, 2003)

A reinterpretation of Egyptian and biblical history that shows the Patriarch Joseph and Yuya, a vizier of the eighteenth dynasty king Tuthmosis IV, to be the same person

• Uses detailed evidence from Egyptian,...

The Lost City of the Exodus

by Ahmed Osman Bear & Company (March 24, 2014)

Recent archaeological findings confirm Osman’s 25-year-old discovery of the location of the city of the Exodus

• Explains why modern scholars have been unable to find the city of the Exodus: they are looking...

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit

by Lucette Lagnado & Joyce Bean HarperAudio (May 19, 2020)

?Poignant . . . deeply personal . . . an indelible history of the largely forgotten Jews of Egypt . . . ??Miami Herald

In vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour...

Revolution 2.0

by Wael Ghonim & Sean Runnette Blackstone Publishing (January 17, 2012)

The revolutions sweeping the Middle East in 2011 were unlike any the world had ever seen. Brutal regimes that had been in power for many decades were suddenly swarmed by unstoppable mobs of freedom seekers....

The Story of Egypt

by Joann Fletcher & Kate Reading Blackstone Publishing (August 01, 2016)

The story of the world's greatest civilization spans four thousand years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories of a constantly evolving society peopled with...

Contesting Antiquity in Egypt

by Donald Malcolm Reid The American University in Cairo Press (November 20, 2015)

The sensational discovery in 1922 of Tutankhamun's tomb, close on the heels of Britain's declaration of Egyptian independence, accelerated the growth in Egypt of both Egyptology as a formal discipline and of...

Arab Spring in Egypt

by Bahgat Korany & Rabab El-Mahdi The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2012)

Beginning in Tunisia, and spreading to as many as seventeen Arab countries, the street protests of the 'Arab Spring' in 2011 empowered citizens and banished their fear of speaking out against governments. The...

Cairo's Street Stories

by Lesley Lababidi The American University in Cairo Press (May 01, 2008)

In 1872, Ismail Pasha, the khedive of Egypt, was the first to adopt the European custom of positioning heroic statues on public display as a symbolic message of the continuing authority of the ruling Muhammad...

The Foreign Policies of Arab States

by Bahgat Korany & Ali E. Hillal Dessouki The American University in Cairo Press (March 01, 2010)

The first edition of this book was praised as "a milestone for present and future research on Arab and Third World foreign policies" (American Political Science Review), and "an indispensable aid for those studying...

Traveling Through Egypt

by Deborah Manley & Sahar Abdel-Hakim The American University in Cairo Press (February 01, 2008)

"Egypt is one of the two wings of the world, and the excellences of which it can boast are countless. Its metropolis is the dome of Islam, its river the most splendid of rivers." al-Muqaddasi, c. 1000 To travelers,...

Nubian Encounters

by Nicholas S. Hopkins & Sohair R. Mehanna The American University in Cairo Press (November 01, 2010)

In the 1960s the construction of the Aswan High Dam occasioned the forced displacement of a large part of the Nubian population. Beginning in 1960, anthropologists at the American University in Cairo's Social...

Studies in Coptic Culture

by Mariam Ayad The American University in Cairo Press (May 02, 2016)

Coptic contributions to the formative theological debates of Christianity have long been recognized. Less well known are other, equally valuable, Coptic contributions to the transmission and preservation of...

Sharia and the Making of the Modern Egyptian

by Reem A. Meshal The American University in Cairo Press (January 01, 2014)

In this book, the author examines sijills, the official documents of the Ottoman Islamic courts, to understand how sharia law, society and the early-modern economy of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ottoman...

Committed to Disillusion

by David DiMeo The American University in Cairo Press (August 12, 2016)

Can a writer help to bring about a more just society? This question was at the heart of the movement of al-adab al-multazim, or committed literature, which claimed to dominate Arab writing in the mid-twentieth...

Egypt from Alexander to the Copts

by Roger S. Bagnall & Dominic W. Rathbone The American University in Cairo Press (May 01, 2017)

After its conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 bc, Egypt was ruled for the next 300 years by the Ptolemaic dynasty founded by Ptolemy I, one of Alexander's generals. With the defeat of Cleopatra VII in 30...

Fustat Finds

by Jere L. Bacharach The American University in Cairo Press (November 01, 2001)

Corroded pieces of metal, stamped lumps of copper, broken bits of glass with partial inscriptions, fragments of textiles, tiny beads-these were the raw material found at al-Fustat, the site of the first Muslim...

Christians In Egypt

by Otto F. A. Meinardus The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2006)

Drawing on more than four decades of experience studying Christian communities in Egypt, Otto Meinardus offers here a sweeping overview of the principal Christian churches and organizations in Egypt today. For...

Directions of Change in Rural Egypt

by Nicholas S. Hopkins & Kirsten Westergaard The American University in Cairo Press (April 01, 2001)

This volume based on recent fieldwork by distinguished specialists includes information on the changing economic situation in the countryside, particularly after the 'owners and tenants' law of 1992. Along with...

Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt 1218-1250

by Kurt J. Werthmuller The American University in Cairo Press (May 01, 2010)

Using the life and writings of Cyril III Ibn Laqlaq, 75th patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, along with a variety of Christian and Muslim chroniclers, this study explores the identity and context of the...

An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

by Edward William Lane & Jason Thompson The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2012)

Few works about the Middle East have exerted such wide and long-lasting influence as Edward William Lane's An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians. First published in 1836, this classic...


by Tahia Gamal Abdel Nasser, Shereen Mosaad & Tahia Khaled Abdel Nasser The American University in Cairo Press (August 01, 2013)

Gamal Abdel Nasser, architect of Egypt's 1952 Revolution, president of the country from 1956 to 1970, hero to millions across the Arab world since the Suez Crisis, was also a family man, a devoted husband and...

Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak

by Galal Amin The American University in Cairo Press (April 01, 2011)

Galal Amin once again turns his attention to the shaping of Egyptian society and the Egyptian state in the half-century and more that has elapsed since the Nasserite revolution, this time focusing on the era...

American Travelers on the Nile

by Andrew Oliver The American University in Cairo Press (January 01, 2015)

The Treaty of Ghent signed in 1814, ending the War of 1812, allowed Americans once again to travel abroad. Medical students went to Paris, artists to Rome, academics to Göttingen, and tourists to all European...

Creating Medieval Cairo

by Paula Sanders The American University in Cairo Press (January 01, 2008)

This book argues that the historic city we know as Medieval Cairo was created in the nineteenth century by both Egyptians and Europeans against a background of four overlapping political and cultural contexts:...

The Fayoum

by R. Neil Hewison The American University in Cairo Press (November 01, 2008)

The Fayoum, a large and exceptionally fertile depression in Egypt's Western Desert, some 90 kilometers southwest of Cairo, is a region both rich in history and outstanding in natural beauty. Its historical legacy...

Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians?

by Galal Amin, Samir Abd al-Ghani & David Wilmsen The American University in Cairo Press (January 15, 2004)

At the time of the Egyptian Revolution in 1952, the population of Egypt was around 22 million. At the end of 2002, it stood at 69 million, and was growing at a rate of 1.33 million a year. What happens to a...

Ottoman Egypt and the Emergence of the Modern World

by Nelly Hanna The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2014)

Aiming to place Egypt clearly in the context of some of the major worldwide transformations of the three centuries from 1500 to 1800, Nelly Hanna questions the mainstream view that has identified the main sources...

All the Pasha's Men

by Khaled Fahmy The American University in Cairo Press (March 01, 2002)

While scholarship has traditionally viewed Mehmed Ali Pasha as the founder of modern Egypt, Khaled Fahmy offers a new interpretation of his role in the rise of Egyptian nationalism, firmly locating him within...

The Red Land

by Steven E. Sidebotham, Martin Hense & Hendrikje M. Nouwens The American University in Cairo Press (July 01, 2008)

For thousands of years Egypt has crowded the Nile Valley and Delta. The Eastern Desert, however, has also played a crucial-though until now little understood-role in Egyptian history. Ancient inhabitants of...

The Egyptian Peasant

by Henry Habib Ayrout & John A. Williams The American University in Cairo Press (February 01, 2005)

Egypt has changed enormously in the last half century, and nowhere more so than in the villages of the Nile Valley. Electrification, radio, and television have brought the larger world into the houses. Government...

Crowds and Sultans

by Amina Elbendary The American University in Cairo Press (May 01, 2016)

During the fifteenth century, the Mamluk sultanate that had ruled Egypt and Syria since 1249-50 faced a series of sustained economic and political challenges to its rule, from the effects of recurrent plagues...

Quakers in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

by Nancy Gallagher The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2007)

The Israeli Palestinian conflict has resulted in the longest-standing refugee crisis in the world today. Based on new archival research and interviews with surviving participants, this book considers one early...

Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?

by Galal Amin & Golo The American University in Cairo Press (March 01, 2001)

Based on both academic research and the author's own personal experiences and impressions, this delightful and informative book examines the underlying causes of some of the more disturbing social, political,...

Marcus Simaika

by Nevine Henein, Samir Simaika & Donald M. Reid The American University in Cairo Press (August 31, 2017)

Marcus Pasha Simaika (1864-1944) was born to a prominent Coptic family on the eve of the inauguration of the Suez Canal and the British occupation of Egypt. From a young age, he developed a passion for Coptic...