Synopses & Reviews
The Fayoum, a large and exceptionally fertile depression in Egypt's Western Desert, some 90 kilometers southwest of Cairo, is a region both rich in history and outstanding in natural beauty. Its historical legacy includes temples, pyramids, and towns from the Middle Kingdom and the Ptolemaic Period, as well as churches, monasteries, and mosques from later times.
Neil Hewison here outlines the history (and prehistory) of the Fayoum and its lakes, describes the agriculture and rural life of the region, then guides the visitor around the province site by site, never averse to taking an interesting detour along the way.
Originally published in 1984, this guide to one of Egypt's most distinctive and beautiful regions quickly became regarded as a classic. The text has been thoroughly revised and updated for this new edition, including a new section on the recently declared UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wadi al-Hitan, the Valley of the Whales. The book is illustrated with color photographs and two maps.
Recommended by Lonely Planet.
A fully revised guide to one of Egypt s most beautiful natural areas
About the Author
R. Neil Hewison
taught English in Fayoum from 1979 to 1982. He is the translator of two modern Arabic novels, City of Love and Ashes
by Yusuf Idris (AUC Press, 1998) and Wedding Night
by Yusuf Abu Rayya (AUC Press, 2006).