Books related to the history and culture of ancient and modern egypt. English books on modern egypt english language or englishtranslation books covering egyptian history, culture, politics, and literature from any point in the postottoman period through contemporary times. Begins with an examination of the arab conquest, the. With summer coming up, its high time to get your holiday reading list in order. Egypt, country located in the northeastern corner of africa. Anatomy of a civilisation, which is slightly more complicated, because it represents a reassessment of ancient egypt right. Pharaonic egypt thrived for some 3,000 years through a series of native dynasties that were.
In his novel cairo modern, mahfouz wraps a 1930s cairo around the. Whether youre interested in egypts early and modern history. This has remained my mostthumbed book on ancient egypt for the last 23 years. A short history of modern egypt afaf lutfi alsayyid. As such, although the author touches upon social developments on occasion, the majority of his work focuses on the machinations of major figures and, despite several genuine attempts to move away from this direction, often.
A history and a guide has been called one of the best travel books ever written, a spongy read about an ancient city thats had its share of western suitors. But so far the best history of modern egypt i can find. While the alexandria quartet by lawrence durrell will give you much of the background to the history of alexandria and egypt. An introduction to the history of modern arabic literature in egypt an introduction to the history of modern arabic literature in egypt by j. Few books make so uptodate and thorough a survey of what is known, in a form suited for the general reader, as this fine work, first published as recently as 1952, and now with a new introduction for this edition by the author. All about history book of ancient egypt internet archive.
Provides an excellent understanding of egyptian politics in the period i was looking at ie 1939 to 1980. Egypt occupies a central position in the arab world. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. The literature of the ancient egyptians english budge, e. As described by william dalrymple in his book from the holy mountain 1996, isbn 0 00 654774 5 pp. A short history of modern egypt is an excellent short book. Both osmans and bradleys books suggest egypts rupture had clear omens and is not. Volume 2 traces egypts modern history from the ottoman conquest to the end of the twentieth century. Its not so much about ancient egypt as about the modern obsession with.
Editors top picks world wonders these are the most peaceful countries on the planet. Soldier and society in roman egypt provides a complete reassessment of the impact of the roman army on local societies, and convincingly challenges the orthodox picture. The history of egypt from the arab conquest in 639 to the present day introduces the reader to the central paradox of egyptian identity the alienation of the. A military history of modern egypt from the ottoman. As todays egypt reclaims a leading role in the islamic, arab, and afroasian worlds, the project stands as testimony to its complex and vibrant past. Its borders between sand and sea have existed for millennia and yet, until 1952, the country was ruled by foreigners. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. English language or englishtranslation books covering egyptian history, culture, politics, and literature from any. It depends a bit on what aspect of ancient egypt particularly interests you.
The history of modern egypt comprehensively covers this turbulent history, helping to explain and sort through all the different forces at play in egypt over the last 215 years. Conflict and crisis in the eastern mediterranean 2008. Professor hansfriedrich mueller, of union college in schenectady, new york, makes. The cambridge history of egypt offers the first comprehensive englishlanguage treatment of egyptian history through thirteen centuries, from the arab conquest to the present day. Richard alston, soldier and society in roman egypt. The soldiers are seen not as an isolated elite living in fear of the local populations, but as relatively wellintegrated into local communities. Its limitation is of course that mubarak is too late and the arab spring was yet to be sprung when it was written.
The history of ancient egypt audiobook by bob brier, the. Download an introduction to the history of modern arabic. It is a common belief that the tradition of mothers day began in the west, originating from greek and roman spring festivals dedicated to maternal goddesses and mothering sunday observed in the european christian tradition since the 1600s. Egypts heartland, the nile river valley and delta, was the home of one of the principal civilizations of the ancient middle east and, like mesopotamia farther east, was the site of one of the worlds earliest urban and literate societies. The twovolume survey considers the political, socioeconomic, and cultural history of the worlds oldest state, summarising the debates and providing insight into current controversies. Afaf alsayyid marsot explores the paradoxes of egypt s history in a new edition of her successful a short history of modern egypt.
Egyptian ideas of the future life english budge, e. Accessible book, administration, colonies, history, politics and. Even the gross inequalities of modern egypt are mirrored by the malnourished skeletons of the ancient. A short history of modern egypt by afaf lutfi alsayyid marsot. But in fact, the first celebrations of motherhood occurred right here in egypt as part of a pharaonic tradition. Vatikiotis the modern history of egypt is an attempt to provide a comprehensive account of its eponymous topic in the traditional style of high political analysis. Egypt has one of the oldest civilizations and proudest national histories in the world with a. Download in pdf, epub, and mobi format for read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. At the same time, it examines and analyzes all of the different religious, political, foreign, and military issues that continue to affect egypt today.
This is, to my mind, one of the most original pieces of scholarship on ancient egypt published in the last 50 years and there is a particular connection to me, because the author, barry kemp, was my lecturer at. The lure of egyptology is as old as the pyramids themselves. What are some good books for learning about the history of. Books on egypt modern history from the age of napoleon to the suez crisis, nasser and the 21st century from broughs books. Yasmine mariam kloth, a young egyptianamerican writer, offers a literary. The rich, intense story offers an inside view of modern egypt as the country attempts to emerge from british occupation and forge its own identity. In under l50 pages, professor afaf marsot has managed to give a coherent picture of egypt since the arabmuslim conquest in the year ad 639. The history and culture of ancient and modern egypt ebook by. The egyptian texts, edited with translations english budge, e.652 773 503 1517 1511 484 1173 954 1120 1477 430 1211 1185 786 600 853 517 1152 542 990 894 557 1485 485 605 232 1073 1524 1136 234 870 460 1086 552 338 1440 1495 389 817 1140 1454 15 687 683 1274