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tabsir , November 21st, 2021
An excellent analysis of U.S. policy in the Middle East by Juan Cole.
eelaswad , November 15th, 2021
Desert View of the Grand Canyon (©el-Sayed el-Aswad, October, 2021) This article relates to a previous paper entitled “Egyptian Cosmology and the Grand Canyon” published by Tabsir on…
foodanthro , November 1st, 2021
Noha Fikry, 2021 Christine Wilson Graduate Award Winner SAFN is happy to announce that the winner of the 2021 Christine Wilson Graduate award winner is Noha Fikry, of…
tabsir , October 25th, 2021
There is a new resource regarding the study of Egypt from the start of the Islamic era until the present at H-Egypt.
eelaswad , October 23rd, 2021
Stanley Bridge, Alexandria (© el-Sayed el-Aswad) After one year of being forced to stay indoors (April ?2020 to May 2021) due to the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic,…
tabsir , October 20th, 2021
The British diplomat Sir Valentine Chirol (1852-1929) wrote a memoir entitled Fifty Years in a Changing World (New York: Harcourt and Brace, 1928). Among the areas in the…
tabsir , October 16th, 2021
At least 337 Books published in Germany on Islam and history of the Middle East are available to read online or download. Most are in German but a…
tabsir , July 21st, 2021
There is a Facebook site about Egypt’s last king, Farouk, with pictures from his time in office.
tabsir , July 17th, 2021
Nice site with photos of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922.
Anthrophile , June 1st, 2021
“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we…
Joel Abdelmoez , May 22nd, 2021
Music videos in the Arab world, and not least in Egypt, are at the same time widely viewed, popular and relatively understudied. They can reflect pressing contemporary issues, controversial…
tabsir , May 2nd, 2021
The New York Review of Books has an interesting review of three recent books on the archaeology and filmic versions of ancient Egypt.
tabsir , April 21st, 2021
There were many books written by Christian missionaries and clergy during the 19th century. While the text itself has long since been outdated, the engravings are still fascinating…
tabsir , April 4th, 2021
Yesterday there was an extravaganza parade in Cairo parading the embalmed remains of 22 ancient Egyptian pharaohs to their new “eternal” resting place in the National Museum of…
tabsir , March 31st, 2021
Check out this report in The Guardian on what may be the oldest site for producing beer in the world. Of course it was discovered by archaeologists…
focaal_admin , March 30th, 2021
Stuck At the height of this pandemic’s third wave, with many of us sitting in what by now feels like an eternal lockdown, images of a gigantic ship…
tabsir , March 25th, 2021
The image above, a drawing from the 1850s, epitomizes how the camel has been imagined for everyone in America, the West and just about everywhere outside the area…
tabsir , March 24th, 2021
The Greek mathematician Pythagorus, considered the founder of mathematics, left his home in Samos for Egypt in 535 BCE. A decade later he was captured and taken prisoner…
tabsir , February 20th, 2021
This is an interesting Youtube video posted by Mostafa Khalifa. It has the voice of Munira al-Mahdiya with footage taken in Cairo and Alexandria in 1920.
tabsir , February 17th, 2021
An Egyptian graphic designer named Mahmoud Tammam has created some fascinating word images in Arabic. Check out a discussion of his work here and here.
Fino , February 12th, 2021
Part Four: “When will this Covid be over?” During the first month of T.’s search for work in Dubai, Covid-19 felt like something that had happened last spring….
Fino , February 11th, 2021
Part Three: A Travel Agent selling Freedom For the second half of my stay, I lived in a shared accommodation of mostly Egyptian men in Ajman, which is…
Fino , February 10th, 2021
Part Two: New Opportunities, New Stress In the Gulf region, Dubai has been a forerunner in the transformation towards a neoliberal market of skills and hands. Gulf countries…
tabsir , February 9th, 2021
Youtube has quite a few old Egyptian films with music, dancing, the colorful Egyptian dialect and some very strange plots. Baba ‘Aris is well worth watching… For details…