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The American University in Cairo Press

The American University in Cairo Press

The American University in Cairo Press has been connecting the Middle East to the world for more than 50 years through its publishing program. Our internationally acclaimed Arabic fiction in translation has provided a vital voice for novelists from the Arab world, and the AUC Press non-fiction program is the single best range of publishing relating to ancient Egypt and the modern Middle East there is. Now publishing in print, digital, and online forms, the AUC Press future program will be more exciting and accessible than ever before. In this catalog, our new publications range from sustainability and human development through fiction to more titles in our ever growing Arabic language learning list.

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Letter from the Director As the Arab world makes its difficult way through challenging times of political and social change, a team of expert observers analyzes and assesses the progress and achievements in the region since 2000 in one of the most important political economic surveys in many years: Arab Human Development in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Bahgat Korany (page 23). And for the wider world, Salah El-Haggar sets out a vision for an attainable balance between human activity and the planet’s resources in Sustainability and Innovation: The Next Global Industrial Revolution (page 10). In new studies of ancient Egypt, renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass reviews the latest state of our knowledge of the life and afterlife of the equally famous boy-king, in Discovering Tutankhamun (page 6); a team of Czech specialists led by Eugen Strouhal sheds light on medical knowledge and practice in the time of the pharaohs, in the first of three volumes on The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians (page 4); Aidan Dodson looks in detail at the origins and rise of the culture of monotheistic belief under Akhenaten, in Amarna Sunrise (page 2); and Koenraad Donker van Heel interprets obscure ancient documents to bring to life the career of an independent businesswoman in the sixth century BC, in Mrs. Tsenhor (page 5). A new and updated edition of the popular textbook Media Arabic, by Alaa Elgibali and Nevenka Korica Sullivan (page 24), is complemented this season by a comprehensive new reference work, A Dictionary of Idiomatic Expressions in Written Arabic, by Mahmoud Sami Moussa (page 26), explaining in Arabic and English the meanings behind more than 8,500 idiomatic phrases found in texts from the Qur’an to modern newspapers. When the English novelist E.M. Forster was posted to Alexandria during the First World War, one of the unexpected by-products of his sojourn was his wonderful Alexandria: A History and a Guide, celebrated by Lawrence Durrell as “a small work of art.” We are happy to be publishing a new edition of this justly famous guidebook to a great historic city (page 20). Our fiction for the spring and summer includes a new edition of a classic Naguib Mahfouz novel, Palace Walk (page 27), as well as new novels from the Libyan Tuareg writer Ibrahim al-Koni (page 31), Iraqi writer Muhsin al-Ramli (page 33), and Egyptian writers Kamal Ruhayyim (page 29) and Mohamed Salmawy (page 28). The AUC Press is particularly proud to be launching a wide range of electronic editions of favorite books this season: details can be found on pages 16–19. Dr. Nigel Fletcher-Jones


Amarna Sunrise Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy

Aidan Dodson

The author of Amarna Sunset now looks at how Akhenaten’s experiment with monotheism began

The latter part of the fifteenth century BC saw Egypt’s political power reach its zenith, with an empire that stretched from beyond the Euphrates in the north too much of what is now Sudan in the south. The wealth that flowed into Egypt allowed its kings to commission some of the most stupendous temples of all time, some of the greatest dedicated to Amun-Re, King of the Gods. Yet a century later these temples lay derelict, the god’s images, names, and titles all erased in an orgy of iconoclasm by Akhenaten, the devotee of a single sun-god. This book traces the history of Egypt from the death of the great warrior-king Thutmose III to the high point of Akhenaten’s reign, when the known world brought gifts to his newly-built capital city of Amarna, in particular looking at the way in which the cult of the sun became increasingly important to even ‘orthodox’ kings, culminating in the transformation of Akhenaten’s father, Amenhotep III, into a solar deity in his own right.

Contents Introduction: Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt 1. Dawn of the Golden Age 2. Gold is as Dust in the Land of My Brother 3. The Road to Tell el-Amarna 4. The Horizon of the Aten 5. From Zenith to Sunset 6. Will the Real Akhenaten Please Stand Up?

288pp. Hbd. 122 illus. March. 978-977-416-633-4. LE175. World. 2

AIDAN DODSON is a senior research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he teaches Egyptology. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of Amarna Sunset (AUC Press, 2009), Poisoned Legacy (AUC Press, 2010), and Afterglow of Empire (AUC Press, 2012).


Praise for Amarna Sunset: The book is highly readable and is a worthy and useful summary of the political and religious machinations of these times aimed at expert and ‘informed beginner’ alike.” —Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities

By the same author:


Intriguing and involving historical study and extrapolation. Amarna Sunset is an absolute ‘must’ for college library Egyptology collections.”—Midwest Book Review



The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians 1: Surgery, Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics

Eugen Strouhal Břetislav Vachala and Hana Vymazalová

The first part of a comprehensive survey of medical knowledge and practice in ancient Egypt, by leading authorities on the topic

Ancient Egyptian medicine employed advanced surgical practices, while the prevention and treatment of diseases relied mostly on natural remedies and magical incantations. In the first of three volumes, The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians explores these two different aspects, using textual sources and physical evidence to cast light on the state of ancient medical knowledge and practice and the hardships of everyday life experienced by the inhabitants of the land on the Nile. The first part of the book focuses on ancient Egyptian surgery, drawing mainly on cases described in the Edwin Smith papyrus, which details a number of injuries listed by type and severity. These demonstrate the rational approach employed by ancient physicians in the treatment of injured patients. Additional surgical cases are drawn from the Ebers papyrus. The chapters that follow cover gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatric cases, with translations from the Kahun gynecological papyrus and other medical texts, illustrating a wide range of ailments that women and young children suffered in antiquity, and how they were treated. Illustrated with more than sixty photographs and line drawings, The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians is highly recommended reading for scholars of ancient Egyptian medicine and magic, as well as for paleopathologists, medical historians, and physical anthropologists. EUGEN STROUHAL is a physician, anthropologist, and archaeologist, one of the founders of the field of paleopathology. Since 1961 he has collaborated with a number of archaeological expeditions in Egypt. He is the author of sixteen books and 350 articles.

BřETISLAV VACHALA is an Egyptologist and archaeologist at Charles University in Prague. Since 1979 he has participated in archaeological expeditions of the Czech Institute of Egyptology to Egypt.

HANA VYMAZALOVÁ studied Egyptology and logic at Charles University in Prague. She is a member of the Czech Institute of Egyptology and since 2006 has participated in archaeological expeditions to Egypt.

272pp. Hbd. 68 b/w illus. June. 978-977-416-640-2. LE300. World. 4


Mrs. Tsenhor A Female Entrepreneur in Ancient Egypt

Koenraad Donker van Heel

An independent woman of ancient Egypt brought to life from obscure papyrus records, by the author of Djekhy & Son

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Tsenhor was born about 550 BCE in the city of Thebes (Karnak). She died some sixty years later, having lived through the reigns of Amasis II, Psamtik III, Cambyses II, Darius I and perhaps even Psamtik IV. By carefully retracing the events of her life as they are recorded in papyri now kept in museums in London, Paris, Turin, and Vienna, the author creates the image of a proud and independent businesswoman who made her own decisions in life. If Tsenhor were alive today she would be wearing jeans, drive a pick-up, and enjoy a beer with the boys. She clearly was her own boss, and one assumes that this happened with the full support of her second husband Psenese, who fathered two of her children. She married him when she was in her mid-thirties. Like her father and husband, Tsenhor could be hired to bring offerings to the dead in the necropolis on the west bank of the Nile. For a fee of course, and that is how her family acquired high-quality farm land on more than one occasion. But Tsenhor also did other business on her own, such as buying a slave and co-financing the reconstruction of a house that she owned together with Psenese. She seems in many ways to have been a liberated woman, some 2,500 years before the concept was invented. Embedded in the history of the first Persian occupation of Egypt, and using many sources dealing with ordinary women from the Old Kingdom up to and including the Coptic era, this book aims to forever change the general view on women in ancient Egypt, which is far too often based on the lives of Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra.

KOENRAAD DONKER VAN HEEL is lecturer in Demotic at Leiden University. He is the author of Djekhy & Son: Doing Business in Ancient Egypt (AUC Press, 2012).

256pp. Hbd. March. 978-977-416-634-1. LE150. World. 5

Illustrated Egyptology

Discovering Tutankhamun

Zahi Hawass

From Howard Carter to DNA

A thorough account of what we know and don’t know about the life and times of the famous young pharaoh, from the discovery of his tomb in 1922 to the CT-scans of the twenty-first century

Penned by a scholar who was personally involved in research into the enigmatic young pharaoh, this comprehensive and fully illustrated new study reviews the current state of our knowledge about the life, death, and burial of Tutankhamun in light of the latest investigations and newest technology. Zahi Hawass places the king in the broader context of Egyptian history, unraveling the intricate and much debated relationship between various members of the royal family, and the circumstances surrounding the turbulent Amarna period. He also succinctly explains the religious background and complex beliefs in the afterlife that defined and informed many features of Tutankhamun’s tomb.


This is a work by a man who passionately loves Egypt’s past and is not afraid of controversy. There is nothing like reading a book which contains first-hand recollections and impressions, bringing to life an exacting academic topic.”—Jaromir Malek ZAHI HAWASS is one of the world’s best known Egyptologists, former Egyptian minister of state for antiquities, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including several on Tutankhamun.

264pp. Flexibound. Published. 978-977-416-637-2. LE250. World. 6

Comparative Religion

From Akhenaten to Moses Ancient Egypt and Religious Change

Jan Assmann

A critical examination of the origins and development of monotheism

The shift from polytheism to monotheism changed the world radically. Akhenaten and Moses—a figure of history and a figure of tradition—symbolize this shift in its incipient, revolutionary stages and represent two civilizations that were brought into the closest connection as early as the Book of Exodus, where Egypt stands for the old world to be rejected and abandoned in order to enter the new one. The seven chapters of this seminal study shed light on the great transformation from different angles. Between Egypt in the first chapter and monotheism in the last, five chapters deal in various ways with the transition from one to the other, analyzing the Exodus myth, understanding the shift in terms of evolution and revolution, confronting Akhenaten and Moses in a new way, discussing Karl Jaspers’ theory of the Axial Age, and dealing with the eighteenth-century view of the Egyptian mysteries as a cultural model.

Contents 1. Structure and Change in Ancient Egyptian Religion 2. Myth and History of the Exodus: Triumph and Trauma 3. From Poly- to Monotheism: Evolution or Revolution 4. Moses and Akhenaten: Memory and History 5. Ancient Egypt and the Theory of the Axial Age 6. Egyptian Mysteries and Secret Societies in the Age of Enlightenment 7. Total Religion: Politics, Monotheism, and Violence JAN ASSMANN is a German Egyptologist widely known for his work on the origins of monotheism. Formerly professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg, he is now honorary professor of cultural studies at the University of Constance.

192pp. Hbd. March. 978-977-416-631-0. LE150. World. 7

Tourism and Conservation

The Valley of the Kings A Site Management Handbook

Kent R. Weeks and Nigel J. Hetherington

The only detailed archaeological site management plan from the Arab world, with wider application to sites worldwide

During the New Kingdom (c. 1570–1070 BCE), the Valley of the Kings was the burial place of Egypt’s pharaohs, including such powerful and famous rulers as Amenhotep III, Rameses II, and Tutankhamen. They were buried here in large and beautifully decorated tombs that have become among the country’s most visited archaeological sites. The tourists contribute millions of badly needed dollars to Egypt’s economy. But because of inadequate planning, these same visitors are destroying the very tombs they come to see. Crowding, pollution, changes in the tombs’ air quality, ever-growing tourist infrastructure—all pose serious threats to the Valley’s survival. This volume, the result of twenty-five years of work by the Theban Mapping Project at the American University in Cairo, traces the history of the Valley of the Kings and offers specific proposals to manage the site and protect its fragile contents. At the same time, it recognizes the need to provide a positive experience for the thousands of visitors who flock here daily. This is the first major management plan developed for any Egyptian archaeological site, and as its proposals are implemented, they offer a replicable model for archaeologists, conservators, and site managers throughout Egypt and the region. Published in both English and Arabic editions and supported by the World Monuments Fund, this critical study will help to ensure the survival of Egypt’s patrimony in a manner compatible with the country’s heavy reliance on tourism income. KENT R. WEEKS is professor emeritus of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and director of the Theban Mapping Project.

English edition: 240pp. Hbd. 119 illus. February. 978-977-416-608-2. LE250. World. Arabic edition: 240pp. Pbk. 119 illus. March. 978-977-416-609-9. LE50. World. 8

NIGEL J. HETHERINGTON is an archaeologist and owner/founder of Past Preservers and a specialist in tourism and heritage management.

Religious History / Reference

Coptic Civilization

Two Thousand Years of Christianity in Egypt

Edited by

Gawdat Gabra

A comprehensive cultural history of the Copts and their rich contributions of literature, art and architecture, material arts and music Egypt’s Copts make up one of the oldest and largest Christian communities in the Middle East. Yet despite the availability of a large number of books on aspects of Coptic culture, including art and architecture, monasticism, theology, and music, there is to date no single volume that provides a comprehensive cultural history of the Copts and their achievements. Coptic Civilization aims to fill this gap, by introducing the general reader, the interested non-specialist, to Coptic culture in all its variety and multi-faceted richness. With contributions by twenty scholars, Coptic Civilization includes chapters on monasticism, the Coptic language, Coptic literature, Christian Arabic literature, the objects and documents of daily life, magic, art and architecture, and textiles, as well as the history of Coptic Church, its liturgy, theology, and music.

CONTRIBUTORS: Dominique Bénazeth, Lois Farag, Cäcilia Fluck, Peter Grossmann, Gisele Helmecke, Magdalena Kuhn, Marvin Meyer, Samuel Moawad, Elisabeth R. O’Connell, Monica René, Tonio Sebastian Richter, Saad Michael Saad, Mark Sheridan, Mark N. Swanson, Hany N. Takla, Jacques van der Vliet, Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Gertrud J.M. van Loon, Youhanna Nessim Youssef, Ewa D. Zakrzewska

360pp. Hbd. 23.5x28.5 cm. 171 color illus. April. 978-977-416-655-6. LE300. World.

GAWDAT GABRA is the former director of the Coptic Museum and the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books on the history and culture of Egyptian Christianity, including The Treasures of Coptic Art (AUC Press, 2006) and The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo (AUC Press, 2012). He is currently visiting professor of Coptic studies at Claremont Graduate University, California.


Global Sustainability

Sustainability and Innovation The Next Global Industrial Revolution

Edited by Salah M. El-Haggar Foreword by Lisa Anderson

Protecting the environment and conserving natural resources by using materials in cyclic loops

One of the most urgent problems facing the world today is environmental sustainability. Current practices of pollution control, waste treatment, and environmental protection are not only hugely expensive and a burden on development but also unsustainable in the long run for their steady depletion of the world’s natural resources. Any solutions must have proven economic benefits, be technologically viable, and meet prevailing environmental and social perspectives. The main objective of this new set of studies is to describe methods that help to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. This can be achieved by applying the ‘cradle-to-cradle’ concept, which aims to use materials in closed cyclic loops without generating any type of waste or pollution. The authors provide the reader with an introduction to basic concepts of sustainable development, describe the mechanisms and benefits of related technologies, and suggest potential uses on a practical level by examining innovations developed in the mechanical engineering laboratories of the American University in Cairo. Particular focus is placed on innovation as a vital means of attaining sustainability. A timely contribution to the debate on environmentally sustainable practices, this book will be indispensable to environmentalists, scientists, economists, engineers, development specialists, and policy-makers, as well as being of interest to the lay reader.

352pp. Hbd. August. 978-977-416-647-1. LE250. World. 10

SALAH EL-HAGGAR is professor of energy and sustainable development in the American University in Cairo’s Mechanical Engineering Department, where he is also currently department chair. With over thirty years’ experience in energy and sustainable development consultancy work and university teaching, El-Haggar is the author of several books, including Sustainable Industrial Design and Waste Management: Cradle to Cradle for Sustainable Development, and a contributing author to Environmental Engineering: Environmental Health and Safety for Municipal Infrastructure, Land Use and Planning, and Industry, as well as nearly 200 scientific publications and more than 50 technical reports.


Sustainable development is a dynamic process that enables people to improve their quality of living in ways which simultaneously protect and enhance the earth’s life support systems and preserve these resources for generations to come. In essence, sustainable development is about five key principles: quality of life, fairness and equity, participation and partnership, care for our environment, and respect for ecological constraints.”—from the Introduction

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Topics include: The Green Economy Cradle to Cradle and Innovation The Next Industrial Revolution Plastics Recycling Glass Recycling

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The Medieval Nile Route, Navigation, and Landscape in Islamic Egypt

John P. Cooper

An interdisciplinary study that draws together geography, historical navigation data, and eyewitness accounts into a comprehensive picture of one of the world’s great rivers


This ground-breaking view of the navigational landscape of the Nile in medieval Egypt draws on a broad range of sources: medieval Arabic geographies; traveler accounts; archaeology; and meteorological, hydrological, and geological studies. John Cooper first charts the changing geography of the Nile waterways, particularly in the Delta, from the eve of Islam to the early modern period, and logs the “rise and fall” of these waterways for natural and/or anthropogenic reasons. He then presents a new perspective on the Nile, drawing on traveler accounts and environmental data to portray the river as a uniquely challenging and sometimes dangerous navigational environment requiring extensive local knowledge by skilled and hardworking Nile navigators. Finally, he looks at how the main Delta and Red Sea ports of medieval Egypt fitted into the navigational landscape described, explaining how these ports were affected by changes occurring to the navigational landscape, and how they reflected the navigational conditions of the Nile and surrounding seas.

Part 1: Geography 1. Imagining the Nile 2. The Pre-Islamic Nile Delta 3. The Western Delta in the Islamic Era 4. The Eastern Delta in the Islamic Era 5. The Bahr Yusuf


Part 2: Navigation 6. The Nile Flood Cycle 7. Propulsion: Wind, Current, and Human Labor 8. Local Hazards: Mouths, Cataracts, and Mountains 9. Nile Journey Times 10. Onward Connections: The Mediterranean and Red Seas Part 3: Ports and the Navigational Landscape 11. The Ports of Fustat and Cairo 12. Ports of the Western Delta 13. Ports of the Eastern Delta 14. Ports of the Red Sea

392pp. Hbd. 89 illus. March. 978-977-416-614-3. LE400. World. 12

In modern writings about ancient Egypt it is hard to escape the paraphrase of Herodotus that Egypt was “the gift of the Nile.” Yet such a characterization is reflective of both ancient and modern orientalist perspectives of an inherently passive Egypt: it would surely be preferable to understand past Egyptian society not as a ‘gift’—for which, implicitly, no exertion or payment is required—but rather as an on-going dialectic between Egypt’s human inhabitants and the landscape in which they found themselves.” JOHN P. COOPER is an Arabist and maritime archaeologist specializing in the maritime landscapes of the medieval Islamic world. He is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies of the University of Exeter.

African Geopolitics

Dividing the Nile

David E. Mills

Egypt’s Economic Nationalists in the Sudan 1918–56

A new perspective on Anglo-Egyptian rule in Sudan

Most scholarship has attributed Sudanese independence in 1956 to British dominance of the Condominium, historical animosity toward Egypt, or the emergence of Sudanese nationalism. Dividing the Nile counters that Egyptian entrepreneurs failed to develop a united economy or shared economic interests, guaranteeing Egypt’s ‘loss’ of the Sudan. It argues that British dominance of the Condominium may have stymied initial Egyptian efforts, but that after the First World War Egypt became increasingly interested in and capable of economic ventures in the Sudan. However, early Egyptian financial assistance and the seemingly successful resolution of Nile waters disputes actually divided the region, while later concerted efforts to promote commerce and acquire Sudanese lands failed dismally. Egyptian nationalists simply missed opportunities of aligning their economic future with that of their Sudanese brethren, resulting in a divided Nile Valley. Dividing the Nile will appeal to historians, social scientists, and international relations theorists, among those interested in Nile Valley developments, but its focused economic analysis will also contribute to broader scholarship on nationalism and nationalist theory.

Contents Introduction 1: The “Natural” Unity of the Nile Valley 2: “Successful” Division of Water Resources 3: Agreement, Institutions, and Opportunities 4: A Valley Divided 5: Disguised Exploitation 6: An Expanded Sudanese Market?

is professor of Middle East history at Marshall University. His research interests revolve around nationalist theory and the economic history of the Nile valley, concentrating on the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium period.


336pp. Hbd. June. 978-977-416-638-9. LE300. World. 13


The Geology of Egypt A Traveler’s Handbook

Bonnie M. Sampsell

How the lie of the land made Egypt what it is


I am going to ritually prostrate myself and plead with you to read this splendid book. Then, if you never think of geology again, I will forgive you. It requires no previous knowledge of geology, is clearly written, well illustrated and conveys a remarkable amount of information.”—Gaston Peltier, Egyptological

280pp. Pbk. 50 color illus., 42 maps/figures. March. 978-977-416-632-7. LE180. World.


Egypt is primarily a land of deserts and mountains, the habitable Nile Valley and Delta occupying less than 5 percent of the country. Although the ancient Egyptians lived on only a small fraction of the land, they made extensive use of resources from the less hospitable areas, exploiting the opportunities and adjusting to the constraints of their physical environment. This updated and expanded edition of The Geology of Egypt: A Traveler’s Handbook describes these features and more, providing a guide for the visitor to Egypt interested in learning about its history from a different perspective. The author presumes no background in geology or related fields and provides an introduction to the relevant geological concepts, presenting examples to illustrate how the country’s geological features influenced Egyptian civilization. Most examples are selected from the pharaonic period and Greco-Roman period, though many cases also illustrate how geological factors continue to have an impact on modern Egyptian society. The text is organized as a trip on the Nile from Lake Nasser downstream to the Delta, with chapters devoted to such popular sites as Aswan, Luxor, and Giza. Also covered are the Eastern and Western Deserts, as well as the Sinai Peninsula. Maps, illustrations, fifty color photographs, and an extensive glossary help make a complex but intriguing subject accessible to everyone.

BONNIE M. SAMPSELL is a retired college professor who has traveled to many parts of the world and studied Egyptology, archaeology, and geology extensively.

Ethnic Jewelry

Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba Regional Yemeni Jewelry

Marjorie Ransom

The first illustrated study of ethnic silver jewelry in Yemen, by an expert researcher and collector

Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba documents a disappearing artistic and cultural tradition with over three hundred photographs showing individual pieces, rare images of women wearing their jewelry with traditional dress, and the various regions in Yemen where the author did her field research. Ransom’s descriptions of the people she met and befriended, and her exploration of the significance of a woman’s handmade jewelry with its attributes of power, protection, beauty, and personal identity, will appeal to ethnic jewelry fans, ethnographers, jewelry designers, and art historians. Amulet cases, hair ornaments, bridal headdresses, earrings, necklaces, ankle and wrist bracelets are all beautifully photographed in intricate detail, interspersed with the author’s own photographs of the women who shared their stories and their hospitality with her. A chapter on the history of silversmithing in Yemen tells the surprising story of the famed Jewish Yemeni silversmiths, many of whom left Yemen in the late 1940s. This is the first in-depth study of Yemeni silver, uniquely illustrated with photographs of a world that is transforming before our eyes, and animated with the portraits of a precious legacy.

224pp. Hbd. 24x21 cm. 320 color illus. April. 978-977-416-600-6. LE300. World.

MARJORIE RANSOM is a Middle East specialist who has lived and worked throughout the Arab world, where she began researching and collecting traditional silver jewelry, particularly from Yemen. Her renowned collection of Middle Eastern jewelry has been exhibited at American museums.


e-Book—Social Science

Bedouin, Settlers, and Holiday-Makers Egypt’s Changing Northwest Coast


Donald Cole Soraya Altorki

A new e-book edition of the classic study of the radical changes that have taken place on Egypt’s northwest coast in the face of a huge influx of Nile Valley settlers and tourists


266pp. e-book only. 2 maps. February. 978-1-61797-361-1. $15.95. World. 16

The arid regions impose strict limits upon human existence and activity. And yet by respecting those limits, the flourishing and stable culture of these regions has for centuries been sustained. In the late twentieth century, however, forces such as modernization, globalization, and the politics and economics of nations became so great that major changes in the old ways had to take place for the sake of survival. Egypt’s northwest coast, where meager coastal rains have supported a sparse but thriving population of Bedouin, saw the arrival of settlers from the Nile Valley, accustomed to a very different way of life and production, and hordes of tourists whose “empty, silent structures” effectively turned the most productive strip of the coastal range into an artificial desert. This study documents the great accommodations that took place to ensure the arid rangelands of the northwest coast continue to be viable for the demands of human existence imposed on them. “A main thesis of this study,” the authors write, “is that change in the northwest coast of Egypt has strong parallels in other arid regions of the wider Arab world; and specific comparisons are made to change underway elsewhere—especially regarding the transformation of Arab nomadic pastoralist production to a new form of ranching, and the related changes of sedentarization and the monetization of most aspects of livelihood.”

DONALD COLE is professor emeritus of anthropology at the American University in Cairo and the author of Nomads of the Nomads: The Al-Murrah Bedouin of the Empty Quarter.

SORAYA ALTORKI is professor of anthropology at the American University in Cairo and author of Women in Saudi Arabia: Ideology and Behavior Among the Elite.

e-Books—Classic Egyptian Writers

The Days A Man of Letters The Sufferers

Taha Hussein

New e-book editions of three of the great writer’s classic works

Taha Hussein (1889–1973), blind from early childhood, rose from humble beginnings to pursue a distinguished career in Egyptian public life. He was most influential through his voluminous, varied, and controversial writings, and became known as the “Dean of Arabic Letters.” His three-part autobiography, The Days, is a saga of perseverance in the face of daunting odds, as he first learns not only to come to terms with his blindness but to excel in spite of it, then wins a place at the prestigious Azhar University in Cairo, and later earns a doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris. The stories in The Sufferers were first published in the periodical al-Katib al-misri in 1946, but were banned by the government when collected in book form in 1947. The collection was finally published in Lebanon, and was only published in Egypt after the 1952 Revolution. Based on the true story of a friend of the author, A Man of Letters—unfolding between Cairo and Paris and through vivid personal correspondence—draws a picture of a powerful friendship and of a young man’s dilemma: the man of letters of the title finds himself split between—and in love with—two cultures essentially incompatible, East and West. In his desperate struggle to reconcile them his soul is estranged and he is thrown—or escapes—deeper into the backstreet abyss of First World War Paris. In the end it is perhaps the very impracticality of his own morality that destroys him.

The Days 412pp. e-book only. March. 978-1-61797-470-0. $9.95. World. A Man of Letters 144pp. e-book only. March. 978-1-61797-472-4. $9.95. World. The Sufferers 144pp. e-book only. March. 978-1-61797-471-7. $9.95. World.


TAHA HUSSEIN (1889–1973) was most influential through his voluminous, varied and controversial writings. He was unofficially known as the ‘’Dean of Arabic Letters.’’


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Alexandria A History and a Guide

E.M. Forster

One of the best guide books ever written, to a great city by a great novelist

“Alexandria is still alive and alters even when one tries to sum her up . . . . Only the climate, only the north wind and the sea remain as pure as when Menelaus, the first visitor, landed three thousand years ago.” In the autumn of 1915, in a “slightly heroic mood,” E.M. Forster arrived in Alexandria, full of lofty ideals as a volunteer for the Red Cross. Yet most of his time was spent exploring “the magic, antiquity and complexity” of the place in order to cope with living in what he saw as a “funk-hole.” With a novelist’s pen, he brings to life the fabled, romantic city of Alexander the Great, capital of Greco-Roman Egypt, beacon of light and culture symbolized by the Pharos, where the doomed love affair of Antony and Cleopatra was played out and the greatest library the world has ever known was built. Threading three thousand years of history with vibrant strands of literature and punctuating the narrative with his own experiences, Forster immortalized Alexandria, painting an incomparable portrait of the great city and, inadvertently, himself.

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A small work of art, for it contains some of Forster’s best prose, as well as felicities of touch such as only a novelist of major talent could command.”—Lawrence Durrell Forster’s Alexandria, with time in one section, place in the other, and its many invitations to flip between the two, confuses the categories with lucid effect.”—Michael Haag

320pp. Hbd. April. 978-977-416-464-4. LE150. Middle East. 20

EDWARD MORGAN FORSTER (1879–1970) was one of the most respected literary figures of his age. Among his best known novels are A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howard’s End, and Maurice. Alexandria: A History and a Guide was inspired by the time he spent in Egypt during the First World War, and was first published in 1922.

Art Deco in Egypt

Paris along the Nile Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque

Cynthia Myntti

A pictorial celebration of the wonderfully imaginative architecture of Cairo’s new building boom that began in the 1870s.

Cairo, ‘Mother of the World’: its vividly diverse neighborhoods and building styles reveal its cosmopolitan energy and reflect the myriad of economic, political, and cultural forces that have shaped the city over the centuries. So impressed was Khedive Ismail after a visit to Haussmann’s ‘new’ Paris in 1867 that he decided to build a modern city along the same architectural lines and aesthetics, and brought European architects to Cairo to initiate Egypt’s most dynamic building period since medieval times. The stunning buildings of latenineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Cairo remain, but they are neglected, threatened by pollution, and are being pulled down for concrete highrises and parking lots. Paris along the Nile captures in 200 black-and-white photographs the architectural jewels of ‘modern’ Cairo.

CYNTHIA MYNTTI, who lived and worked in Cairo in the 1980s, is an anthropologist and architect. She directs the Neighborhood Initiative at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon.

112pp. Pbk. 200 illus. February. 978-977-416-653-2. LE200. World.


Current Affairs

Arab Spring in Egypt

Edited by Bahgat Korany and Rabab El-Mahdi

Revolution and beyond

New paperback edition, including new retrospective essay

Beginning in Tunisia, and spreading to as many as seventeen Arab countries, the street protests of the ‘Arab Spring’ in 2011 empowered citizens and banished their fear of speaking out against governments. The Arab Spring belied Arab exceptionalism, widely assumed to be the natural state of stagnation in the Arab world amid global change and progress. The collapse in February 2011 of the regime in the region’s most populous country, Egypt, led to key questions of why, how, and with what consequences did this occur? Inspired by the “contentious politics” school and Social Movement Theory, Arab Spring in Egypt addresses these issues, examining the reasons behind the collapse of Egypt’s authoritarian regime; analyzing the group dynamics in Tahrir Square of various factions: labor, youth, Islamists, and women; describing economic and external issues and comparing Egypt’s transition with that of Indonesia; and reflecting on the challenges of transition.

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Students and general readers alike will gain many insights from this book; its analysis is as fresh as the breathtaking events it covers.”— Nathan Brown, George Washington University

Arab Spring in Egypt is a modern history study that brings much greater understanding to light about the views of modern Arab people and the future they see for their country.”—Midwest Book Review

364pp. Pbk. February. 978-977-416-646-4. LE120. World. 22

BAHGAT KORANY is professor of international relations and political economy at the American University in Cairo, and director of the AUC Forum. He is the co-editor of The Foreign Policies of Arab States (AUC Press, 2008) and editor of The Changing Middle East: A New Look at Regional Dynamics (AUC Press, 2010).

RABAB EL-MAHDI is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the American University in Cairo, and the co-editor of Egypt Moment of Change (AUC Press, 2009).

Social Sciences—Middle East

Arab Human Development in the Twenty-first Century The Primacy of Empowerment

Edited by Bahgat


A critical political economy examination of development in the Middle East

CONTRIBUTORS: Louisa Ait-Driss, Najoua Fezza, Lina Khatib, Mustafa Khawaja, Zeyad Makhamret, Mhamed Malki, Baqer El-Najjar, Sabria El-Thawr

312pp. Hbd. June. 978-977-416-658-7. LE250. World.

With its emphasis on the primacy of change, this study arrives at a particularly auspicious moment, as the Middle East continues to be convulsed by the greatest upheavals in generations, which have come to be known as the Arab Spring. Originally prepared as the tenth-anniversary volume of the UNDP’s Arab Human Development Report, Arab Human Development in the Twentyfirst Century places empowerment at the center of human development in the Arab world, viewing it not only from the vantage point of a more equitable distribution of economic resources but also of fundamental legal, educational, and political reform. The ten chapters in this book follow closely this political economy framework. They look back at what Arab countries have achieved since the early 2000s and forward to what remains to be done to reach full development. Supported by a wealth of statistical material, they cover the rule of law, the evolution of media, the persistence of corruption, the draining of resources through armed conflict, the dominance and increase of poverty, the environment, and religious education. The concluding chapter attempts an inventory of the world literature and different experiences on democratic transition to explore where the region could be heading. This critical and timely study is indispensable reading to development specialists and to Middle East scholars and students alike, as well as to anyone with an interest in the future trajectory of the region.

BAHGAT KORANY is professor of international relations and political economy at the American University in Cairo, and director of the AUC Forum. He is the co-editor of The Foreign Policies of Arab States (AUC Press, 2008) and Arab Spring in Egypt: Revolution and Beyond (AUC Press, 2012) and editor of The Changing Middle East: A New Look at Regional Dynamics (AUC Press, 2010).


Bestselling Textbook—updated

Media Arabic A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News Revised and Updated Edition

Alaa Elgibali and Nevenka Korica

A new and updated edition of the essential activities book for learning to read the news in Arabic

In light of the rapidly growing number of people studying Arabic—in academia, governments, NGOs, and business—Media Arabic is a unique and timely learning tool for anyone looking to access news information from this important global region firsthand. Media Arabic introduces the language of the newspapers, magazines, and internet news sites to intermediate and advanced level students of Modern Standard Arabic. Using this textbook, students will be able to master core vocabulary and structures typical of frontpage news, recognize various modes of coverage, distinguish fact from opinion, detect bias, and read critically in Arabic. Drawing on their long experience as Arabic instructors, Alaa Elgibali and Nevenka Korica have organized the book into six chapters, each covering a dominant news topic: Talks and Conferences, Demonstrations and Protests, Conflicts and Terrorism, Elections, Rule of Law, and Business. In addition, the book offers three self-assessment units and a glossary organized by theme. The book enables students to read extended texts with greater accuracy and speed by focusing on the relationships among meaning, language form, and markers of cohesive discourse. The activities include pre-reading discussions as well as extensive practice on vocabulary in context, organizing information, skimming, scanning, critical reading, and analyzing content. ALAA ELGIBALI is professor of Arabic and linguistics and director of the Arabic language programs at the University of Maryland.

NEVENKA KORICA currently teaches Arabic in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. She is co-author of Umm al-Dunya: Advanced Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (AUC Press, 2013).

232pp. Pbk. May. 978-977-416-652-3 . LE150. World.


Arabic Language Learning

Lughatuna al-Fusha

Samia Louis

A New Course in Modern Standard Arabic: Book Five

An innovative, interactive, and highly structured course including DVD and interactive online exercises for teaching Arabic to advanced MSA students Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the literary language of today’s books, media, and formal communication throughout the Arab world, the region’s principal shared language of written and official discourse. The fifth book in this new series for the classroom is designed for the Advanced levels, the low-mid stages of the ACTFL proficiency level, and C1 in the Common European Framework for Arabic learners. The aim of this book is to help students to read and write long and complex factual and literary texts in order to appreciate different writing styles. The students’ facility with sentence structure and vocabulary is increased by reading newspapers and listening to news broadcasts, and by writing about real-life interests such as social, economic, political, and gender issues, technological advancements, and education. The chapters guide students through the gradual acquisition of vocabulary and grammar. Exercises at the end of each chapter cover all essential skills and translation, with emphasis on reading and writing. The accompanying DVD includes audio material for all listening activities, dialogs, and reading exercises. The book is further supported by online interactive reading, writing, and grammar drills. Forthcoming: Books Six and Seven

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SAMIA LOUIS has taught Arabic for many years with the International Language Institute (ILI) in Cairo (, an affiliate of International House, and is the author of all the books in the Kallimni ‘Arabi series (AUC Press, 2007–2009).

352pp. Pbk+DVD. May. 978-977-416-619-8. LE180. World. 25

Arabic Language Reference

A Dictionary of Idiomatic Expressions in Written Arabic

For Readers of Classical and Modern Texts

Mahmoud Sami Moussa

An invaluable new resource for learners and native speakers of Modern Standard Arabic

How would you ever know that “to lose a baby ostrich” means to rush into something without thinking? Or that “what can the wind take from the pavement?” is said when someone has nothing left to lose? This comprehensive guide to idiomatic expressions in literary Arabic, the first of its kind, will inform, amuse, and entertain, through more than 8500 entries found in texts from the Qur’an to today’s newspapers. With explanations in Arabic and English, it is an essential resource for both students of Arabic and native speakers. Reaching into the great wealth of this complex and intriguing language, the dictionary draws on and reveals the rich cultural and religious traditions of Arabic-speaking communities that have informed its idioms. Expressions of condolence, astonishment, and hardship, alongside sayings about friendship, miserliness, and reconciliation are collected and made accessible here, and glimpses are provided into history through phrases tied to important events and figures—from the ancient Egyptians to Saddam Hussein—altogether allowing a fascinating insight into Arabic’s many quirks and intricacies.

MAHMOUD SAMI MOUSSA is a senior instructor in the Arabic Language Institute of the American University in Cairo.

550pp. Hbd. April. 978-977-416-641-9. LE300. World.


Classic Fiction—reissue

Palace Walk

Translated by

Naguib Mahfouz William M. Hutchins and Olive E. Kenny

A new edition of a perennial favorite, the first part of the Cairo Trilogy

Palace Walk transports us into the life of a Cairo family during Egypt’s occupation by British forces in the 1900s. The father, Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, is somber and tyrannical with his wife and children, but at night seeks pleasure in the aesthetic and erotic. His wife, Amina, is a willing prisoner in a society where it is forbidden for a virtuous woman to leave her house except in the company of her husband or adult sons. Aisha, their younger daughter, dares to peer through the mashrabeya from which the women view the world. And Fahmy, their second son, is caught up in the violence that threatens them all as Egypt struggles to become free.

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NAGUIB MAHFOUZ Naguib Mahfouz was born in 1911 in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous cinema plots and scenarios. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. He died in Cairo on August 30, 2006 at the age of 94. WILLIAM M. HUTCHINS, a professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Appalachian State University, has translated the works of many Arab writers, including Tawfiq al-Hakim, Fadhil al-Azzawi, Ibrahim al-Koni, and Mohammed Khudayyir.

Original Arabic title: Bayn al-qasrayn 514pp. Pbk. March. 978-977-416-651-8. LE120. Middle East.

OLIVE E. KENNY studied Arabic in Cairo and taught English there for many years. Her translation credits include Naguib Mahfouz’s Palace of Desire and Wedding Song, and War in the Land of Egypt by Yusuf al-Qaid.


Modern Arabic Literature

Butterfly Wings An Egyptian Novel

Mohamed Salmawy Raphael Cohen

Translated by

The prescient Egyptian novel that described the January 2011 Revolution before it happened

A chance encounter on a plane throws together Doha, a fashion designer unhappily married to a leading figure in the Mubarak regime, and Ashraf, an academic and leading dissident. The story of their relationship and Doha’s self-discovery runs alongside a young Egyptian’s search for the mother he never knew, and these intersecting narratives unfold against the background of political protests that culminate in the overthrow of the regime. A moving and at times humorous story, Butterfly Wings is an extended allegory of Egypt’s modern experience of authoritarian rule and explores the fractures and challenges of a society at the moment of revolutionary transformation. Mohamed Salmawy’s almost prophetic novel was first published in Arabic immediately prior to the events of 25 January 2011, and has been celebrated as ‘the novel that predicted the Revolution.’

By the same author: MOHAMED SALMAWY is an Egyptian playwright, novelist, and poet. He is president of the Writers’ Union of Egypt, secretary general of the General Union of Arab Writers, and editor in chief of the leading daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm.

RAPHAEL COHEN is the translator of So You May See by Mona Prince (AUC Press, 2011) and Status: Emo by Eslam Mosbah (AUC Press, 2013).

Original Arabic title: Ajnihat al-farasha 176pp. Pbk. April. 978-977-416-642-6. LE90. World.


Modern Arabic Literature

Diary of a Jewish Muslim An Egyptian Novel

Kamal Ruhayyim Sarah Enany

Translated by

A novel about growing up half-Jewish, half-Muslim in an Egypt where Jews were increasingly unwelcome, by the author of Days in the Diaspora Egyptian Muslims and Jews were not always at odds. Before the Arab–Israeli wars, before the mass exodus of Jews from Egypt, there was harmony. Offering an intimate yet panoramic view of the easy coexistence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in an old neighborhood of Cairo, this sweeping yet personal novel, spanning the 1930s to the 1960s, accompanies Galal, a young boy with a Jewish mother and a Muslim father, through his childhood and boyhood in the vibrant popular quarter of Daher. With his schoolboy crushes and teen rebellions, Galal is deeply Egyptian, knit tightly with his mother, father, and grandfather in old Cairo—a middle-class social fabric of manners and morals, values and traditions that cheerfully incorporates and as cheerfully transcends religion, but a fabric that is about to be torn apart by a bigger world of politics that will also put Galal’s very identity to the test.

By the same author: KAMAL RUHAYYIM, born in Egypt in 1947, has a PhD in law from Cairo University. He is the author of a collection of short stories and five novels, including Days in the Diaspora (AUC Press, 2012). Through his career in the Egyptian police force and Interpol he has lived in Cairo and Paris.

Original Arabic title: Qulub munhaka: al-muslim al-yahudi 224pp. Pbk. May. 978-977-416-643-3. LE100. World.

SARAH ENANY, with a Ph.D. in drama, is a lecturer in the English Department of Cairo University. Her translation credits include works by Yusuf Idris, Mohamed Salmawy, Jerzy Grotowski, and Kamal Ruhayyim’s Days in the Diaspora (AUC Press, 2012).


Modern Arabic Literature


Ibrahim al-Koni Translated by William M. Hutchins

A Libyan Novel

A new paperback edition of the tale of one man’s quest and survival in the Sahara Desert, set in the framework of Tuareg mythology A Tuareg youth ventures into trackless desert on a life-threatening quest to find the father he remembers only as a shadow from his childhood, but the spirit world frustrates and tests his resolve. For a time, he is rewarded with the Eden of a lost oasis, but eventually, as new settlers crowd in, its destiny mimics the rise of human civilization. Over the sands and the years, the hero is pursued by a lover who matures into a sibyl-like priestess. The Libyan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni, who has earned a reputation as a major figure in Arabic literature with his many novels and collections of short stories, has used Tuareg folklore about Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, to craft a novel that is both a lyrical evocation of the desert’s beauty and a chilling narrative in which thirst, incest, patricide, animal metamorphosis, and human sacrifice are more than plot devices. The novel concludes with Tuareg sayings collected by the author in his search for the historical Anubis from matriarchs and sages during trips to Tuareg encampments, and from inscriptions in the ancient Tifinagh script in caves and on tattered manuscripts. In this novel, fantastic mythology becomes universal, specific, and modern.

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A true journey into the human psyche.”—Cairo Magazine The novel has many levels, all attempting to unravel the complexities of obligation and customs that delineate how relationships are made . . . and how these relationships can prosper and endure with man living in a changing society.” —Banipal

Original Arabic title: Anubis 208pp. Pbk. February. 978-977-416-636-5. LE80. World. 30

IBRAHIM AL-KONI was born in Libya in 1948. A Tuareg who writes in Arabic, he spent his childhood in the desert and learned to read and write Arabic when he was twelve. He is the author of many novels, including Gold Dust, The Puppet, The Seven Veils of Seth, and The New Oasis (AUC Press, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014). He was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Prize for Literature in 2008. WILLIAM M. HUTCHINS, professor in the philosophy and religion department at Appalachian State University, is the principal translator of Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy, and the translator of numerous other works of Arabic fiction.

Modern Arabic Literature

The New Oasis A Libyan Novel

Ibrahim al-Koni Translated by William M. Hutchins

A mythical tale of the conflict between nomadism and settled life in the Sahara Desert

Upon the death of their leader, a group of Tuareg, a nomadic Berber community whose traditional homeland is the Sahara Desert, turns to the heir dictated by tribal custom; however, he is a poet reluctant to don the mantle of leadership. Forced by tribal elders to abandon not only his poetry but his love, who is also a poet, he reluctantly serves as leader. Whether by human design or the meddling of the Spirit World, his death inspires his tribe to settle down permanently, abandoning not only nomadism but also the inherited laws of the tribe. The community they found, New Waw, which they name for the mythical paradise of the Tuareg people, is also the setting of Ibrahim al-Koni’s companion novel, The Puppet. For al-Koni, this Tuareg tale of the tension between nomadism and settled life represents a choice faced by people everywhere, in many walks of life, as a result of globalism. He sees an inevitable interface between myth and contemporary life.

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Original Arabic title: Waw al-sughra 164pp. Pbk. February. 978-977-416-648-8. LE90. Middle East .

IBRAHIM AL-KONI was born in Libya in 1948. A Tuareg who writes in Arabic, he spent his childhood in the desert and learned to read and write Arabic when he was twelve. He is the author of many novels, including Anubis, Gold Dust, The Puppet, and The Seven Veils of Seth (AUC Press, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010). He was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Prize for Literature in 2008. WILLIAM M. HUTCHINS, professor in the philosophy and religion Department at Appalachian State University, is the principal translator of Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy, and the translator of numerous other works of Arabic fiction.


Modern Arabic Literature

The Last of the Angels An Iraqi Novel

Translated by

Fadhil al-Azzawi William M. Hutchins

A new paperback edition of the magical, comic, and ultimately profound story of old Kirkuk

Set in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk during the 1950s, The Last of the Angels tells the slyly humorous tale of three strikingly different people in one small neighborhood. During a labor strike against the British-run Iraq Petroleum Company, Hameed Nylon becomes a labor organizer and later a revolutionary, like his hero, Mao Tse-Tung. His brother-in-law, the sheep butcher Khidir Musa, travels to the Soviet Union to find his long-lost brothers, and returns home to great acclaim (and personal fortune) in an airship. Meanwhile, a young boy named Burhan Abdullah discovers an old chest in the attic of his family’s house that lets him talk to angels. By turns satiric, picaresque, and apocalyptic, The Last of the Angels paints a loving, panoramic, and elegiac portrait of Kirkuk in the final years of Iraq’s monarchy. But as the grim reality of modern Iraqi history catches up with the novel’s events, we come to learn the depth and complexity of Hameed Nylon, Khidir Musa, and Burhan Abdullah, and al-Azzawi’s comic novel becomes a moving tale of growing up in a dangerous world.

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The novel’s language is an unbroken flow that seduces you right up to the final page of this magnificent tale. And in telling the story, its details sparkle with every description, every sentence, and every page.”—al-Zaman The epic achievement of Fadhil al-Azzawi . . . puts the Iraqi and Arabic novel in a worldclass category.”—al-Thaqafa al-‘arabiya

Original Arabic title: Akhir al-mala’ika 288pp. Pbk. February. 978-977-416-649-5. LE100. World. 32

FADHIL AL-AZZAWI was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 1940. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural journalism from the University of Leipzig and is the author of several novels and collections of poetry. He is the author of Cell Block Five (AUC Press pbk, 2013) and The Traveler and the Innkeeper (AUC Press, 2011). He has lived in Germany since 1977. WILLIAM M. HUTCHINS is the principal translator of Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy (AUC Press, 1989-92), and is the translator of works by a number of other Arab writers, including Tawfiq al-Hakim, Mohammed Khudayyir, and Ibrahim al-Koni.

Modern Arabic Literature

Dates on My Fingers

Muhsin al-Ramli Luke Leafgren

Translated by

An Iraqi Novel

A colorful, fast-paced novel of youthful love, post-conflict violence, and family honor that moves between the villages and prisons of Iraq and the nightclubs of Madrid

Saleem, fed up with all the violence, religiosity, and strict family hierarchies of his Iraqi village, flees to Spain to establish a new life for himself. But his lonely exile is turned upside down when he encounters his father, Noah, in a Madrid nightclub after not seeing him in more than a decade. Noah looks and acts like a new man, and Saleem sets out to discover the mystery of his father’s presence in Spain and his altered life. In doing so, he recalls formative moments in Iraq of familial love, war, and the haunting accidental death of his cousin Aliya, Saleem’s partner in the hesitant, tender exploration of sexuality. When the renewed relationship with his father erupts in a violent conflict, Saleem is forced to rediscover his sense of self and the hard-won stability of his life. Through Saleem’s experiences and reflections, the fast-paced narrative carries the reader between Spain and Iraq to a surprising resolution.


He was calm, as though his heart were made of still water. A halo of spiritual contentment clearly enveloped him. I felt at the time that I had regained my father, finding him much as I remembered him to be. So I decided to stop digging up whatever he was hiding. I would stop wondering about it entirely. I would forget.”

Original Arabic title: Tamr al-asabi‘ 192pp. Pbk. February. 978-977-416-644-0. LE90. World.

MUHSIN AL-RAMLI is a novelist, poet, translator, and academic who writes in both Arabic and Spanish. He currently lives in Madrid, where he teaches at Saint Louis University. He is the author of a play, several collections of poetry and short stories, and three novels. Dates on My Fingers was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. LUKE LEAFGREN Luke Leafgren learned Arabic while completing a PhD in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He has studied in Syria, Jordan, and Egypt and has taught at Middlebury College’s Summer Arabic School. Dates on My Fingers is his first translation.


Egyptian Short Stories

Homecoming Sixty Years of Egyptian Short Stories

Selected and translated by

Denys Johnson-Davies

A new paperback edition of award-winning translator Denys Johnson-Davies’s anthology of short Arabic fiction from more than half a century

Short story writing in Egypt was still in its infancy when Denys JohnsonDavies, described by Edward Said as “the leading Arabic–English translator of our time,” arrived in Cairo as a young man in the 1940s. Nevertheless, he was immediately impressed by such writing talents of the time as Mahmoud Teymour, Yahya Hakki, Yusuf Gohar, and the future Nobel literature laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and he set about translating their works for local Englishlanguage periodicals of the time. He continued to translate over the decades, and sixty years later he brings together this remarkable overview of the work of several generations of Egypt’s leading short story writers. This selection of some fifty stories represents not only a cross-section through time but also a spectrum of styles, and includes works by Teymour, Hakki, Gohar, and Mahfouz and later writers such as Mohamed El-Bisatie, Said el-Kafrawi, Bahaa Taher, and Radwa Ashour, as well as new young writers of today like Hamdy El-Gazzar, Mansoura Ez Eldin, and Youssef Rakha.


For anyone interested in Egyptian literature over the years, this book comes as an absolute goldmine of stories.” —Cairo 360

DENYS JOHNSON-DAVIES has produced more than thirty volumes of translation of modern Arabic literature, including The Essential Naguib Mahfouz (AUC Press, 2011). He received the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2007 for Personality of the Year in the Field of Culture.

372pp. Pbk. Published. 978-977-416-654-9. LE100. World.


Modern Arabic Literature

Munira’s Bottle

Yousef Al-Mohaimeed Translated by Anthony Calderbank

A Saudi Arabian Novel

A new paperback edition of the controversial Saudi novel

In Riyadh, against the events of the second Gulf War and Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, we learn the story of Munira—with the gorgeous eyes—and the unspeakable tragedy she suffers as her male nemesis wreaks revenge for an insult to his character and manhood. It is also the tale of many other women of Saudi Arabia who pass through the remand center where Munira works, victims and perpetrators of crimes, characters pained and tormented, trapped in cocoons of silence and fear. Munira records their stories on pieces of paper that she folds up and places in the mysterious bottle given to her long ago by her grandmother, a repository for the stories of the dead, that they might live again. This controversial novel looks at many of the issues that characterize the lives of women in modern Saudi society, including magic and envy, honor and revenge, and the strict moral code that dictates male–female interaction.

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Yousef al-Mohaimeed is a rising star in international literature.”—Annie Proulx

Mohaimeed takes on some of the most divisive subjects in the Arab world and writes in a lush style that evokes a writer he cites as an influence, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”—Washington Post

Original Arabic title: al-Qarura 224pp. Pbk. March. 978-977-416-639-6. LE80. World.

YOUSEF AL-MOHAIMEED was born in Riyadh in 1964. He is the author of several novels and short story collections, and has studied English and photography at Norwich University. He is the author of Wolves of the Crescent Moon (AUC Press, 2007).

ANTHONY CALDERBANK has translated several works of modern Arabic fiction, including Haggag Hassan Oddoul’s Nights of Musk (AUC Press, 2005) and Yousef al-Mohaimeed’s Wolves of the Crescent Moon (AUC Press, 2007)



I Was Born There, I Was Born Here

A Novel of Palestine

Translated by

Mourid Barghouti Humphrey Davies

The author of I Saw Ramallah returns to Palestine— new paperback edition

In 1996 Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti went back to his home for the first time since exile following the Six-Day War in 1967, and wrote a poignant and incisive account of the exile’s lot in the acclaimed memoir I Saw Ramallah. In 2003 he returned to Ramallah to introduce his Cairo-born son, Tamim Barghouti, to his Palestinian family. I Was Born There, I Was Born Here traces Barghouti’s own life in recent years and in the past—his early life in Palestine, his expulsion from Cairo and exile to Budapest, marriage and the birth of his son, Tamim, and then the young man’s own expulsion from Cairo—and tells the story of the Palestinian journey of father and son. Ranging freely back and forth in time, Barghouti weaves into his poetically crafted account sensitive evocations of Palestinian history and daily life. I Was Born There, I Was Born Here is destined, like its predecessor, to become a classic.

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Moving.”—The Guardian

More personal than his first volume, freighted with individual and collective return, here are the minutiae of the immediate consequences. It’s an honest confrontation with Israeli violence and impunity, an unflinching description of the Palestinian Authority’s compromising failures, and a plea for joy.”—The Independent

Original Arabic title: Wulidtu hunak, wulidtu huna 220pp. Pbk. February. 978-977-416-650-1. LE100. Middle East.


MOURID BARGHOUTI was born in Palestine in 1944, and graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University in 1967. His poems have been published in Beirut, Amman, and Cairo since 1972, and his Collected Works were published in Cairo in 1997. He lives in Cairo.

HUMPHREY DAVIES is the translator of a number of Arabic novels, including The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany (AUC Press, 2004). He has twice been awarded the Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, and was runner-up in 2012 for this translation of I Was Born There, I Was Born Here.

Modern Arabic Literature

The Woman from Tantoura A Novel of Palestine

Radwa Ashour Translated by Kay Heikkinen

From a young girl’s point of view, through to the mature observations of an adult woman, the lifetime of Palestine, with all its peaks and valleys of human experience

Palestine. For most of us, the word brings to mind a series of confused images and disjointed associations—massacres, refugee camps, UN resolutions, settlements, terrorist attacks, war, occupation, checkered kuffiyehs and suicide bombers, a seemingly endless cycle of death and destruction. This novel does not shy away from such painful images, but it is first and foremost a powerful human story, following the life of a young girl from her days in the village of al-Tantoura in Palestine up to the dawn of the new century. We participate in events as they unfold, seeing them through the uneducated but sharply intelligent mind of Ruqayya, as she tries to make sense of all that has happened to her and her family. With her, we live her love of her land and of her people; we feel the repeated pain of loss, of diaspora, and of cross-generational misunderstanding; and above all, we come to know her indomitable human spirit. As we read we discover that we have become part of Ruqayya’s family, and her voice will remain with us long after we have closed the book.


Some books have a way of enchanting, attracting, and drawing you to leave your world and start a life among its pages. The Woman from Tantoura, the latest masterpiece from Egyptian writer Radwa Ashour, is exactly that kind of book.”—Diwan al-Arab

By the same author:

RADWA ASHOUR, a highly acclaimed Egyptian writer and scholar, is the author of more than fifteen books of fiction, memoir, and criticism, including Granada (AUC Press, 2008) and Specters (AUC Press, 2010). She is a recipient of the Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature and the prestigious Owais Prize for Fiction.

KAY HEIKKINEN has taught medieval history and literature as well as Islamic civilization, and currently teaches Arabic at the University of Chicago. She is the translator of Naguib Mahfouz’s In the Time of Love (AUC Press, 2010).

Original Arabic title: al-Tanturiya 356pp. Pbk. April. 978-977-416-615-0. LE120. World. 37

Modern Arabic Literature

Brooklyn Heights

Miral al-Tahawy Translated by Samah Selim

An Egyptian Novel

A new paperback edition of the novel that won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and was shortlisted for the Arabic Booker prize

Hind, newly arrived in New York with her eight-year-old son, several suitcases of unfinished manuscripts, and hardly any English, finds a room in a Brooklyn teeming with people like her who dream of becoming writers. As she discovers the various corners of her new home, they conjure up parallel memories from her childhood and her small Bedouin village in the Nile Delta: Emilia who sells used shoes at the flea market smells like Zeinab, the old woman who worked for Hind’s grandfather; the reflection of her own body as she dances tango awakens the awkwardness of her relationship to that body across the years; the story of Lilette, the Egyptian bourgeoise who has lost her memory, prompts Hind to safeguard her own. Through this kaleidoscopic spectrum of disadvantaged characters we encounter unique but familiar life histories in this award-winning and intensely moving novel of displacement and exile.



A powerful and realistic portrayal of emigration and the process of adapting to a new place.”—The UBS Review of Books

Al-Tahawy’s narrative highlights the fissures between east and west, exploring cultural, religious and sexual differences. Hend, with her superstitious fatalism and borderline hysteria, is an awkward and often unattractive character, but her fears, dissatisfactions and vulnerabilities have an uncomfortable ring of truth.”—The Guardian

Original Arabic title: Bruklin Hayts 192pp. Pbk. February. 978-977-416-659-4. LE90. Middle East and North America.


MIRAL AL-TAHAWY is the author of The Tent (AUC Press, 1998), Blue Aubergine (AUC Press, 2002), and Gazelle Tracks (AUC Press, 2008). She is professor of Arabic at the School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University.

SAMAH SELIM is the translator of Memories of a Meltdown: An Egyptian between Moscow and Chernobyl by Mohamed Makhzangi (AUC Press, 2006). She won the 2009 Saif GobashBanipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for her translation of The Collar and the Bracelet by Yahya Taher Abdullah (AUC Press, 2008).


The Near East in 1862 Francis Bedford’s Photographs from Cairo to Constantinople: Calendar 2015

Beautiful early photographs of iconic Middle Eastern scenes

This medium-format wall calendar boasts twelve beautiful and timeless images of iconic scenes around Egypt, the Holy Land, and Turkey, by one of the earliest professional photographers to visit the region. Francis Bedford was the officially appointed photographer who accompanied the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) on his royal tour of the Near East in 1862. The photographs he took on the journey are celebrated as some of the finest products of the new art form of the nineteenth century. The calendar is practically designed with plenty of space to write in special events and daily appointments throughout the year.

24pp. Calendar. April 978-121-315-231-1. LE75. World. 39

Cairo Papers in Social Science

Negotiating Space The Evolution of the Egyptian Street, 2000–2011

Dimitris Soudias

A look at the growing role of street protest in recent Egyptian history

This monograph offers a diachronic analysis of the development of street protests in Egypt that led to the downfall of Mubarak in 2011. It shows how the January 25 uprising was the culminating episode of negotiating power relations in a series of five consecutive contentious cycles since 2000. Based on a conceptual framework combining premises of social movement theory, power and knowledge, and sociology of space, it argues that the negotiation of power relations in Egypt has been expressed through the ‘battle’ over socially produced protest spaces. Cairo Papers Vol. 32, No. 4.

136pp. Pbk. May. 978-977-416-657-0. LE20. World.

DIMITRIS SOUDIAS Dimitris Soudias is an independent researcher who has been working for the Free University of Berlin’s Center of Middle Eastern and North African Politics as well as the Yemen Polling Center, Sanaa.

Masculinities in Egypt and the Arab World Historical, Literary, and Social Science Perspectives

Edited by

Helen Rizzo

Essays exploring some of the many meanings and expressions of masculinity across the Middle East While reflecting upon the Arab Spring, the essays in this collection cover several themes that include utilizing the concept of hegemonic masculinity in productive ways, the role of the state in promoting certain types of masculinities while devaluing and disciplining others, the potential role of feminism and activism in influencing masculinities, and the effects of colonialism, nationalism and postcolonialism, as well as war and violence. Presenting cases from Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia, they seek to humanize, contextualize, and historicize masculinities to particular times and places in the Middle East. Cairo Papers Vol. 33, No. 1. HELEN RIZZO is associate professor of sociology, the American University in Cairo.

156pp. Pbk. June. 978-977-416-656-3 . LE20. World. 40

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History and Biography

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Language Studies

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Index Alexandria 20 Altorki, Soraya 16 Amarna Sunrise 2 Anderson, Lisa 10 Anubis 30 Arab Human Development in the Twenty-first Century 23 Arab Spring in Egypt 22 Ashour, Radwa 37 Assmann, Jan 7 al-Azzawi, Fadhil 32 Barghouti, Mourid 36 Bedford, Francis 39 Bedouin, Settlers, and Holiday-Makers 16 Brooklyn Heights 38 Butterfly Wings 28 Cairo Papers in Social Science 40 Calderbank, Anthony 35 Cohen, Raphael 28 Cole, Donald 16 Cooper, John P. 12 Coptic Civilization 9 Dates on My Fingers 33 Davies, Humphrey 36 Days 17 Diary of a Jewish Muslim 29 Dictionary of Idiomatic Expressions in Written Arabic 26 Discovering Tutankhamun 6 Dividing the Nile 13 Dodson, Aidan 2 Donker van Heel, Koenraad 5 Elgibali, Alaa 24 Enany, Sarah 29 Forster, E.M. 20 From Akhenaten to Moses 7 Gabra, Gawdat 9 Geology of Egypt 14 El-Haggar, Salah M. 10 Hawass, Zahi 6 Heikkinen, Kay 37 Hetherington, Nigel J. 8 Homecoming 34 Hussein, Taha 17 Hutchins, William M. 27, 30, 31, 32 I Was Born There, I Was Born Here 36 44

Johnson-Davies, Denys 34 Kenny, Olive E. 27 al-Koni, Ibrahim 30, 31 Korany, Bahgat 22, 23 Korica, Nevenka 24 Last of the Angels 32 Leafgren, Luke 33 Louis, Samia 25 Lughatuna al-Fusha 25 El-Mahdi, Rabab 22 Mahfouz, Naguib 27 Man of Letters 17 Masculinities in Egypt and the Arab World 40 Media Arabic 24 Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians 4 Medieval Nile 12 Mills, David E. 13 Al-Mohaimeed, Yousef 35 Moussa, Mahmoud Sami 26 Mrs. Tsenhor 5 Munira’s Bottle 35 Myntti, Cynthia 21 Near East in 1862 39 Negotiating Space 40 New Oasis 31 Palace Walk 27 Paris along the Nile 21 al-Ramli, Muhsin 33 Ransom, Marjorie 15 Rizzo, Helen 40 Ruhayyim, Kamal 29 Salmawy, Mohamed 28 Sampsell, Bonnie M. 14 Selim, Sahar 38 Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba 15 Soudias, Dimitris 40 Strouhal, Eugen 4 Sufferers 17 Sustainability and Innovation 10 al-Tahawy, Miral 38 Vachala, Bretislav 4 Valley of the Kings 8 Vymazalová, Hana 4 Weeks, Kent R. 8 Woman from Tantoura 37

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