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Circling the Square

by Wendell Steavenson

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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


Tutankhamun: The Untold Story

by Thomas Hoving

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

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...


Modern Egypt

by Bruce K. Rutherford & Jeannie Sowers

With almost every news broadcast, we are reminded of the continuing instability of the Middle East, where state collapse, civil wars, and terrorism have combined to produce a region in turmoil. If the Middle...


Contesting Antiquity in Egypt

by Donald Malcolm Reid

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

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

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 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

"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

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

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

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...