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Being Si Al Sayed

Music videos in the Arab world, and not least in Egypt, are at the same time widely viewed, popular and relatively understudied. They …


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Excavating Egyptology

The New York Review of Books has an interesting review of three recent books on the archaeology and filmic versions of ancient …


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Parading with the Pharaohs

Yesterday there was an extravaganza parade in Cairo parading the embalmed remains of 22 ancient Egyptian pharaohs to their new “eternal” resting …


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Oldest Beer Site

Check out this report in The Guardian on what may be the oldest site for producing beer in the world. Of course …


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Amish Camels

The image above, a drawing from the 1850s, epitomizes how the camel has been imagined for everyone in America, the West and …


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Pythagorus in Egypt

The Greek mathematician Pythagorus, considered the founder of mathematics, left his home in Samos for Egypt in 535 BCE. A decade later …


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Cairo in 1920

This is an interesting Youtube video posted by Mostafa Khalifa. It has the voice of Munira al-Mahdiya with footage taken in Cairo …


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Visual Letter Art

An Egyptian graphic designer named Mahmoud Tammam has created some fascinating word images in Arabic. Check out a discussion of his work …


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Baba ‘Aris (1950)

Youtube has quite a few old Egyptian films with music, dancing, the colorful Egyptian dialect and some very strange plots. Baba ‘Aris …


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Egyptian agriculture in 1920

reaping There is an early 1920 video on Youtube with views of agriculture, bread making, spinning and weaving in Egypt at the …


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Picturing Egypt a Century Ago

Cairo around 1920 In 1921 one of the many geographical/travel books published was the The Human Interest Library: Visuali?ed Knowledge (Chicago: Midland …


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Arabic Dictionaries Online

In 1981, while visiting Egypt for a consulting assignment with USAID, I purchased the old Cairo edition of the massive dictionary Tāj …


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