Posts Tagged ‘Islamic Egypt’

31
Aug

Blogroll Roundup for August 31, 2009

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News

King Tut’s ET jewelry, News from the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Ramesses II in the Quran, Seti I, more mummy forensics, museum coming attractions…

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10
Aug

Shemsu’s Interview with Zahi Hawass

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Announcements, Egypt in the News, Vita Shemsi

zah-tabMy interview with Zahi Hawass has been posted to Heritage Key!

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29
Jul

The Unknown Soldier Memorial

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Modern Egypt, Cairo, Lower Egypt, Pyramids, Tombs

tus-tabOriginally commissioned by President Anwar Sadat to memorialize the soldiers who died in the October 1973 War, the President himself would die within sight of the memorial, which would become his final resting place. 

This modern-day pyramid symbolizes the eternal spirit of the Egyptian people and their long, complex history.

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26
Jul

The Children of Egypt

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Modern Egypt, Photo Essays

coe-tabIn the last photo essay I posted, I stated that Egypt’s most important natural resource was her history.  That was incorrect. 

The number one most important natural resource of any country is its people, and its most important people are its children.

This photo essay is dedicated to Egypt’s children.

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26
Jul

Blogroll Roundup for July 26, 2009

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Egypt in the News

The Seti I replica tomb project, Egyptian rock art, the Guardian Geese of Abusir, and more.

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dam-tabThe number one natural resource in Egypt is history.  Unlike its oil-rich neighbors, the Egyptian economy relies on the foreign money of tourists who fly into Cairo from all points of the compass to see colossal monuments, puzzle over cyclopean architecture, and experience walking where the ancients once lived out their days.  This has resulted in an organic fusion of the very ancient with the ultra modern. 

No place on earth exemplifies this merger like Cairo.  This photo essay takes a look at some instances where the ancient meets the modern.

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25
Jun

The Mosque of ibn Tulun

   Posted by: Shemsu Sesen

   in Islamic Period, Cairo, Lower Egypt

post tab 0012Built more than 1,100 years ago, the Mosque of ibn Tulun still looks largely the way it did when first constructed, although the entire city that was built around it was destroyed just 26 years later.  

The mosque tells the story of a court servant, the son of a Turkish slave, who came to rule all of Egypt and part of Syria.  He would rise to declare independence for his kingdom–as well as himself–from those who once owned him.  This article will explore the history of Ahmad ibn Tulun and the mosque that bears his name.

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