Like every new season, the AUC Press has lined up a wonderful selection of new publications, this fall covering a very diverse range of topics, from Egyptian feminism, al-Qaida fundamentalism, and social networking in the Middle East, to Ancient Nubian Kingdoms, architecture of Upper Egypt, and America’s foreign policy of the 1990s in the region.
Political, economic, and social issues
Among the fifty-four new books, nearly half address political, economic, and social issues, some naturally directly relating to Egypt’s 25 January uprising, such as The Road to Tahrir: Front Line Images by Six Young Egyptian Photographers by Sherif Assaf, Omar Attia, Rehab K. El Kalil, Timothy Kaldas, Zee Mo, and Monir El-Shazly, and Translating Egypt’s Revolution: The Language of Tahrir, edited by Samia Mehrez.
Much attention is paid to gender issues with Mapping Arab Women’s Movements: A Century of Transformations from Within, edited by Pernille Arendeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley, Revolutionary Womanhood: Feminisms, Modernity, and the State in Nasser’s Egypt by Laura Bier, Khul‘ Divorce in Egypt by Nadia Sonneveld, Cairo Papers Vol. 31, No. 2, Law as a Tool for Empowering Women within Marital Relations: A Case Study of Paternity Lawsuits in Egypt by Hind Ahmed Zaki, Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Gender-Based Violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by Jamileh Abu-Duhou, and finally Working Out Egypt: Effendi Masculinity and Subject Formation in Colonial Modernity, 1870-1940 by Wilson Chacko Jacob.
History & Biography
On a more historical note, the themes span from the new updated paperback edition of A History of Egypt: From Earlier Times to the Present by Jason Thompson to Grand Hotels of Egypt: In the Golden Age of Travel by Andrew Humphreys.
Published this month is the third and final volume of The Popes of Egypt, The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy by Magdi Guirguis and Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Associate Editor by Michael Shelley.
Arabic Literature in Translation
Ten new novels in translation highlight writers from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia: first and foremost, The Naguib Mahfouz Centennial Library, which includes all the Nobel laureate’s 35 novels, as well as other of his works, and a new edition of Mahfouz’s Midaq Alley translated by award-winning Humphrey Davies. Also included are Brooklyn Heights by Miral al-Tahawy, last year’s winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, Judgment Day by Rasha al Ameer, I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by the author of I Saw Ramallah Mourid Barghouti, Sarmada by Fadi Azzam, and A Tunisian Tale by Hassouna Mosbahi.
Archaeology & Ancient Egypt
Included in the seven new books on archaeology are such beautifully illustrated volumes as Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile, edited by Marjorie M. Fisher, Peter Lacovara, Salima Ikram, and Sue D’Auria, with photographs by Chester Higgins Jr, and a new handy flexibound edition of The Treasures of the Valley of the Kings: Tombs and Temples of the Theban West Bank in Luxor, edited by Kent R. Weeks, with photographs by Araldo De Luca.
Architecture & the Arts
The focus of the two forthcoming architecture books is on Veiling Architecture: Decoration of Domestic Buildings in Upper Egypt 1672–1950 by Ahmed Abdel-Gawad and The Sultan’s Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo, Istanbul, and Amsterdam by Agnieszka Dobrowolska and Jaroslaw Dobrowolski.
For the new academic year and Arabic language students, the AUC Press is also publishing the next volume in the series ‘Arabi Liblib: Egyptian Colloquial Arabic for the Advanced Learner, 3: Idioms and Other Expressions by Kamal Al Ekhnawy and Jamal Ali, and Kalaam Gamiil: An Intensive Course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, Volume 2 by Abbas Al-Tonsi, Laila Al-Sawi, and Suzanne Massoud.
Travel Literature & Guidebooks
Finally, in this category will be available Lesley Lababidi’s new fully revised edition of Cairo: The Practical Guide as well as a new revised edition of Cairo: The Practical Guide Maps. Added to that are the much awaited Illustrated Guide to the Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan by Janice Kamrin and The Illustrated Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo by Bernard O’Kane.
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