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Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution
Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution
by Wendell Steavenson
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What happened to the promise of Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring? On January 25, 2011, the world was watching Cairo. Egyptians of every stripe came together in Tahrir Square to protest Hosni Mubarak's three decades of brutal rule. After many hopeful,... (read more)

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Hold on to Your Veil, Fatima!: And Other Snapshots of Life
Hold on to Your Veil, Fatima!: And Other Snapshots of Life
by Sanna Negus
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What happened to a former Miss Egypt when she took to wearing the veil under her pilot's cap? Who are the young people posting videos of policemen torturing crime suspects? Where do Coptic Christians celebrate the Holy Family's journey to Egypt? Why is... (read more)

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Egypt, the Arabs, and the World: Reflections at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
Egypt, the Arabs, and the World: Reflections at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century
by Hani Shukrallah
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In a collection of articles originally published between 1995 and 2011 in Cairo's Al-Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online (as well as in The Guardian and on Salon.com), Egyptian journalist Hani Shukrallah examines his own culture and society during what he... (read more)

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False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory
False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory
by Andre Aciman
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In these fourteen essays Andre Aciman, one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, dissects the experience of loss, moving from his forced departure from Alexandria as a teenager, though his brief stay in Europe and finally to the home he's made... (read more)

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Egypt: A Short History
Egypt: A Short History
by Robert Tignor
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"From Hyksos chariots to Egypt's latest venture in the desert, Egypt: A Short History is vintage Robert Tignor: concise, straightforward, and comprehensive. He manages to introduce primers on the sects of Islam, the trajectory of the Ottoman Empire, and... (read more)

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RE: Viewing Egypt: Image and Echo
RE: Viewing Egypt: Image and Echo
by Xavier Roy
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In Re: viewing Egypt, Xavier Roy's breathtaking photographs of Egypt offer us a haunting vision of a country and its people. They are also a lesson in the art of photography itself, inviting us to experience images as metaphor, to extend our notions of... (read more)

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Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies #25: Putting Islam to Work
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies #25: Putting Islam to Work
by Gregory Starrett
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and#8220;Readers . . . cannot but be struck by the keen intelligence, subtlety, and insight that pervade Starrett's book.and#8221;... (read more)

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Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak: 1981-2011
Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak: 1981-2011
by Galal Amin
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Galal Amin once again turns his attention to the shaping of Egyptian society and the Egyptian state in the half-century and more that has elapsed since the Nasserite revolution, this time focusing on the era of President Mubarak. He looks at corruption... (read more)

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False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory
False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory
by Andre Aciman
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In these fourteen essays Andre Aciman, one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, dissects the experience of loss, moving from his forced departure from Alexandria as a teenager, though his brief stay in Europe and finally to the home he's made... (read more)

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Whatever Happened to the Egyptian Revolution?
Whatever Happened to the Egyptian Revolution?
by Galal Amin
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In his latest exploration of the Egyptian malaise, Galal Amin first looks at the events of the months preceding the Revolution of 25 January 2011, pointing out the most important factors behind popular discontent. He then follows the ups and downs... (read more)

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Culture and Customs of Egypt (Culture and Customs of Africa,)
Culture and Customs of Egypt (Culture and Customs of Africa,)
by Molefi K Asante
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Asante (African American studies, Temple U.) profiles the modern Arab country in northern Africa. Among the dimensions he describes are language, people, and history; religion and worldview; architecture and art; social customs and lifestyles; and... (read more)

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The Nile: Travelling Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present (Vintage Departures)
The Nile: Travelling Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present (Vintage Departures)
by Toby Wilkinson
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one The Nile Egypt’s Eternal River Egypt is the Nile . . . The Nile has created its limits and gifted it with opulence. —samuel cox Egypt covers an area of over 380,000 square miles. Ninety-five per cent of it is... (read more)

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Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution
Egypt in Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution
by Adel Iskandar
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As the Egyptian revolution unfolded throughout 2011 and the ensuing years, no one was better positioned to comment on it—and try to push it in productive directions—than best-selling novelist and political commentator Alaa Al-Aswany. For years... (read more)

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Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam
Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam
by Mary Anne Weaver
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"A Portrait of Egypt is a fascinating and thoughtful work that will tell Americans, particularly, facts they didn't know and clarify events they have heard about."--Michael Prager, The Boston Globe "A textured and highly readable account of a timely and... (read more)

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Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story
Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story
by Thanassis Cambanis
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Award-winning journalist Thanassis Cambanis tells the “wonderfully readable and insightful” (Booklist, starred review) inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Cambanis brings to life the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of... (read more)

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Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation
Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation
by Ashraf Khalil
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“A gripping chronicle of how a fear-frozen society finally topples its oppressors with the help of social media.” — San Francisco Chronicle Wael Ghonim was a little-known, thirty-year-old Google executive in the summer of 2010 when he... (read more)

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The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
by Toby Wilkinson
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Toby Wilkinson earned a degree in Egyptology from Downing College, Cambridge, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards given in his field. He has published seven books, and received the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for his latest work, The Rise... (read more)

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Egypt from Independence to Revolution, 1919-1952 (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East)
Egypt from Independence to Revolution, 1919-1952 (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East)
by Selma Botman
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In this broad-ranging survey, Botman analyzes mainstream political and social forces and the political activism among people in such groups as Young Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Communist movement. She also looks closely at the role of the... (read more)

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Life Is More Beautiful Than Paradise: A Jihadist's Own Story
Life Is More Beautiful Than Paradise: A Jihadist's Own Story
by Khaled Al Berry
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An autobiographical account of a journey into extremism... (read more)

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Cairo: Histories of a City
Cairo: Histories of a City
by Nezar Alsayyad
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From its earliest days as a royal settlement fronting the pyramids of Giza to its current manifestation as the largest metropolis in Africa, Cairo has forever captured the urban pulse of the Middle East. In Cairo: Histories of a City, Nezar AlSayyad... (read more)

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