Egypt Guidebooks
English edition  
March  2003
216 pp.
86 b/w illus. 
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15X23 cm
$19.95
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ISBN 9789774247323
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Bahriyah and Farafra

Ahmed Fakhry
With a new introduction Anthony J. Mills

Reissue of a classic account

Despite the growing numbers of visitors looking for peace and quiet in the palm groves, cures in the hot springs, or adventure in the desert, the oases of Bahriyah and Farafra still nestle gently in Egypt’s Western Desert, worlds away from the bustling Nile Valley. But when Ahmed Fakhry first visited these remote islands of tranquility, their isolation was extreme in comparison: in 1938, for example, ‘’there were no modern means of communication between Farafra and any other place—no telephone, telegraph, or radio, or any mechanized transportation. In an emergency, the ‘umdah sent one of the guards by camel to Bahriyah, a journey which took four days.’' In this now classic portrait of Bahriyah and Farafra, the renowned and esteemed Egyptian archaeologist Ahmed Fakhry is our charming and erudite guide not only to the pharaonic and Greco-Roman history of the oases but also—being a keen and astute observer of his fellow Egyptians—to the lives, dress, language, customs, and habits of their modern inhabitants as he knew them through more than thirty years of working there. First published in 1974, this book has long been out of print: it is now reissued with a new introduction by Anthony Mills that looks at Fakhry’s pioneering archaeological legacy in Bahriyah and Farafra and at developments in the archaeology and changes in the life of the oases since his death in 1973.
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Ahmed Fakhry was born in Fayoum in 1905, and was one of the first Egyptians to study Egyptology. Until his retirement in 1965 he was professor of ancient Egyptian history and ancient Near Eastern history at Cairo University. He died in 1973. Among his many publications was Siwa Oasis (AUC Press, 1973). DR. Anthony J. Mills is director of the Dakhleh Oasis Project.

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