Traveling Through Egypt: From 450 B.C. to the Twentieth Century

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Deborah Manley, Sahar Abdel-Hakim
American Univ in Cairo Press, 2008 - 255 pagina's
"Egypt is one of the two wings of the world, and the excellences of which it can boast are countless. Its metropolis is the dome of Islam, its river the most splendid of rivers."
al-Muqaddasi, c. 1000

To travelers, Egypt is a place of dreams: a country whose lifeblood is a mighty river, flowing from the heart of Africa. Along the fertile fringe of its banks an astonishing civilization raised spectacular monuments that our modern minds can hardly encompass. For centuries this past dominated travelers' minds yet the present and its great buildings too engaged their interest and admiration and gave them pleasure. The experience of Egypt has over the centuries inspired travelers to write of what they saw and tried to understand. These travelers' observations are part of the history of modern Egypt, for seeing ourselves through others' eyes helps us to understand ourselves. The compilers of this anthology have selected records of travelers from many countries and cultures over many centuries, and, mainly using the Nile for a pathway, here offer these travelers' observations on the many facets of Egypt. The collection includes extracts from the writings of Herodotus, Strabo, Ibn Hawkal, al-Muqaddasi, Pierre Loti, Rudyard Kipling, Florence Nightingale, and many more.

 

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Introduction
1
The Rising of the Water 25 B C Strabo
7
Dress of the Male 1844 Edward Lane
13
At Alexandria and Elsewhere
17
A Tourists History 1779 Eliza
23
The Nile Delta
29
The Sailing Boats of the Nile 1819 John Fuller
35
Mother of Cities
43
The Benificence of Egypt c 1000 alMuqaddasi
104
The Journey to Luxor
115
Both Sides of the Nile
129
Temples on the Other Side 1819 John Fuller
142
Resurrection Men 1825 Anne Katherine Elwood
151
Kom Ombo Observed 1817 Dr Robert Richardson
164
Animal Life 1792 W G Browne
177
Weather on the River 1817 Giovanni Belzoni
183

A City of the Earth 1913 Rudyard Kipling
45
The Mosques of Cairo c 1000 alMuqaddasi
51
The Bazaars of Cairo 1839 P D Holthaus
57
The Nilometer 1833 Robert Curzon
63
Visiting the Dead 1326 Ibn Battuta
69
Abul Haul the Sphinx c 1200 Abd alLatif alBaghdadi
75
Where is the Queen? 1882 Samuel
79
The Fayoum
87
The Labyrinth? c 450 B C Herodotus
93
Hints to Ladies 1846 Harriet Martineau
100
Creatures Come down to Drink 1817
189
Hub of the Universe 1913 Rudyard Kipling
195
Walking through the Valley of the Cataract 1836 Lord Lindsay
201
From the Holy Mountain 1879 Isabella Bird
207
The Deserts of Egypt
213
A Day in the Desert 1871 E H Palmer
216
Brief Biographies
231
Bibliography
247
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