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

by Nathaniel Greenberg

The Aesthetic of Revolution in the Film and Literature of Naguib Mahfouz (1952–1967) examines the impact of revolution on one of the great literary minds of the twentieth century: the Egyptian Nobel laureate...

Historical Dictionary of Egypt

by Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr.

Egypt’s was the first non-Western country to undergo an industrial revolution. It was a major commercial center during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was one of the first countries to have (albeit briefly)...

Understanding the Public Sector in Egyptian Cinema

by Tamara Chahine Maatouk

Public and government attitudes to the role of the public sector in Egyptian cinema

In 1957 the public sector in Egyptian cinema was established, followed shortly by the emergence of public-sector film production...

Manhood Is Not Easy

by Karin van Nieuwkerk

In this in-depth ethnography, Karin van Nieuwkerk takes the autobiographical narrative of Sayyid Henkish, a musician from a long family tradition of wedding performers in Cairo, as a lens through which to explore...

The Mulid of al-Sayyid al-Badawi of Tanta

by Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen & Colin Clement

Every year, in the heart of the Nile Delta, a festival takes place that was for centuries the biggest in the Muslim world: the mulid of al-Sayyid Ahmad al-Badawi of Tanta. Since the thirteenth century millions...

Discovery at Rosetta

by Jonathan Downs

In 1798, young French general Napoleon Bonaparte entered Egypt with a veteran army and a specialist group of savants?scientists, engineers, and artists?his aim being not just conquest, but the rediscovery of...

Egypt's Occupation

by Aaron G. Jakes

The history of capitalism in Egypt has long been synonymous with cotton cultivation and dependent development. From this perspective, the British occupation of 1882 merely sealed the country's fate as a vast...

The Lived Nile

by Jennifer L. Derr

In October 1902, the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam filled, and Egypt's relationship with the Nile River forever changed. Flooding villages of historical northern Nubia and filling the irrigation canals that...

Biographies of Port Said: Everydayness of State, Dwellers, and Strangers

by Mostafa Mohie

A study of how the city of Port Said was created, and its spaces mutually produced and transformed through the practices of both dwellers and the state

Founded in 1859, as part of the Suez Canal project and named...

Cairo's Ultras

by Ronnie Close

The history of Cairo?s football fans is one of the most poignant narratives of the 25 January 2011 Egyptian uprising. The Ultras Al-Ahly and the Ultras White Knights fans, belonging to the two main teams, Al-Ahly...

Truths and Lies in the Middle East

by Eric Rouleau, Martin Makinson & Alain Gresh

Eric Rouleau was one of the most celebrated journalists of his generation, a status he owed to his extraordinary career, which began when Hubert Beuve-Méry, director of Le Monde, charged him with covering the...

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...

Egypt's Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis

by Ahmed Aboul Gheit

An Egyptian foreign minister?s fascinating account of his time in office during the final years of the Mubarak era

Ahmed Aboul Gheit served as Egypt?s minister of foreign affairs under President Hosni Mubarak...


by Nayra Atiya & Andrea B. Rugh

Jewish women exiled from Egypt to New York share glimpses of a lost world, by the author of Khul-Khaal: Five Egyptian Women Tell Their Stories

Between 1948 and 1957, a period that witnessed two wars between Egypt...


by Gamal Al-Ghitani & Nader K. Uthman

One of Egypt's greatest contemporary writers reflects on life and love

This haunting memoir, written ten years before Ghitani?s death, weaves together a series of vignettes in a style that mimics the uneven,...

Cleft Capitalism

by Amr Adly

Egypt has undergone significant economic liberalization under the auspices of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, USAID, and the European Commission. Yet after more than four decades of economic...

What ??s? ibn Hish?m Told Us

by Muhammad al-Muwaylihi, Roger Allen & Maria Golia

Trenchant and witty critiques of life in Cairo under British rule

What ??s? ibn Hish?m Told Us is a masterpiece of early twentieth-century Arabic prose. Penned by the Egyptian journalist Mu?ammad al-Muwayli??,...

The Social and Cultural Order of Ancient Egypt

by Steen Bergendorff

From the Narmer palette to funerary preparations to pyramids, Steen Bergendorff draws on anthropological insights to provide new interpretations of accepted truths about Ancient Egypt. Bergendorff traces societal...

Revolutionizing a World

by Mark Altaweel & Andrea Squitieri

This book investigates the long-term continuity of large-scale states and empires, and its effect on the Near East?s social fabric, including the fundamental changes that occurred to major social institutions....

A Brief Introduction to Egyptian Coins and Currency

by Peter Watson & Sam Watson

There are many books that discuss the coins from specific periods of Egyptian history, but there are none that consider the coins from the whole of that history. This work aims to provide such an account, covering...