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David Tresilian's Articles
Nineteenth-century Egypt was a magnet for Victorian letter-writers, with some leaving important evidence of life in the country behind

A collection of stories by the late Egyptian writer Yusuf Idris is reaching wider audiences in English translation

British author Toby Wilkinson presents a rogues gallery of early Egyptologists in his new book A World Beneath the Sands

A new biography is bringing a new generation of readers closer to celebrated French orientalist Louis Massignon

Two intriguing new volumes have been added to the Library of Arabic Literature of classical Arabic literary works in English translation

The winner of this year’s UK Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation will be announced in London later this month

A new exhibition in the French port city of Marseilles shows what is being done to safeguard the heritage and traditions of Arab music

News last week that eminent Egyptian psychoanalyst Moustapha Safouan had passed away in Paris at the age of 99 will have brought back memories to many

This year’s History Days at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris discussed revolts and revolutions in the Arab world

The killing of three worshippers at a church in the southern French city of Nice last week has exacerbated tensions in France over the threat of Islamist extremism

British author Michael Pearce intriguingly reimagines khedival Egypt in his detective novels featuring the Mamur Zapt

Grand dame of crime fiction Agatha Christie may have written the world’s most famous book about a trip up the Nile, writes David Tresilian in an occasional series on books by visitors to Egypt

'Useful Enemies: Islam and The Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450-1750' provides a detailed history of European attitudes to Islam and the former Ottoman Empire

A new translation of mediaeval medical anecdotes brings out the highs and lows of 13th-century Islamic medicine

Albert Memmi was one of the last remaining participants in the debates on North African decolonisation in the 1950s

What resources do some of the world’s pre-eminent cultural institutions have to offer on Egypt and the Arab world during the Covid-19 pandemic, asks David Tresilian

Recent years have seen growing interest in mediaeval Arab cooking, as a new translation of a 13th-century Syrian recipe book reveals, writes David Tresilian

Arabic is becoming more and more popular as a school subject in Europe, but there are still barriers preventing its wider study

This year’s shortlist for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation reveals the variety of the Arabic works now being translated into English

A new book is an essential guide for anyone interested in Cairo’s modern architecture, writes David Tresilian

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