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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...


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,...


Siwa

by Margaret M. Vale The American University in Cairo Press (January 01, 2015)

Siwa is a remote oasis deep in the heart of the Egyptian desert near the border with Libya. Until an asphalt road was built to the Mediterranean coast in the 1980s, its only links to the outside world were by...


Women Travelers in Egypt

by Deborah Manley The American University in Cairo Press (September 01, 2013)

Until late in the nineteenth century, few guide books acknowledged the presence of women as travelers - although women had been traveling around the world for centuries. Women's accounts of their journeys, distinct...


Memories In Translation

by Denys Johnson-Davies & Naguib Mahfouz The American University in Cairo Press (February 01, 2006)

Nobody has done more for modern Arabic literature in translation than Denys Johnson-Davies, described by the late Edward Said as "the leading Arabic English translator of our time." With more than twenty-five...


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...


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...


Aristocrats and Archaeologists

by Toby Wilkinson & Julian Platt The American University in Cairo Press (November 15, 2017)

A collection of letters in a small painted box passed down through three generations of a London family is the starting point for a vivid account of a three-month journey up and down the Nile in a bygone age....


Islamic Monuments in Cairo

by Caroline Williams The American University in Cairo Press (October 01, 2008)

Cairo's Islamic monuments are part of an uninterrupted tradition that spans over a thousand years of building activity. No other Islamic city can equal Cairo's spectacular heritage, nor trace its historical...