David Tresilian's Articles

A new exhibition at the Louvre in Paris focuses on ancient Egypt’s Kushite Dynasty that originated in today’s Sudan.

Egyptian critic Mohamed Shoair’s reconstruction of tussles surrounding Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz’s novel Children of the Alley has appeared in English translation.

A new Paris exhibition is celebrating Jean-François Champollion, the French decipherer of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics at the beginning of the 19th century and one of the founding figures of modern Egyptology.

Marie Favereau, The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2020, pp377

The winner of this year’s Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation was announced in London in January in another bumper year for Arabic literature abroad.

An intriguing new initiative is raising European awareness of Islamic art by organising exhibitions across provincial France, writes David Tresilian

David Tresilian attended Marseilles exhibition that reconstructs the background and afterlife of French novelist Gustave Flaubert’s North African novel Salammbô, and read the 12th-century Iraqi physician Abdel-Latif al-Baghdadi’s account of his visit to Egypt

British actor and director Kenneth Branagh’s new film version of crime novelist Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile will likely disappoint fans worldwide.

English writer Penelope Lively, now approaching her ninth decade, has published a new book including reminiscences of Egypt, writes David Tresilian in an occasional series on books by visitors to Egypt

A new exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe aims to give a synoptic view of the mostly now-vanished Jewish communities of the Arab world, writes David Tresilian, while another — also in Paris — draws intriguing connections between modern European jewellery and traditional Islamic art

Memories of Al-Andalus — mediaeval Muslim Spain — are very much alive in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia today, as David Tresilian discovers

A new Paris exhibition adds to Lebanon’s position as a major modern and contemporary art centre of the Arab world while another, at the Giacometti Foundation in Paris, drew connections between the Swiss artist and ancient Egypt.

A new book provides a rich picture of the Cairo suburb of Maadi from its foundation to nationalisation, writes David Tresilian

A new openness to the outside world led many early 17th-century English travellers to visit Egypt, writes David Tresilian. By the 19th century guidebooks had begun to emerge thanks to the pioneering efforts of early travellers

A new translation of memoirs by the 18th-century Syrian traveller Hanna Diyab casts fresh light on well-known tales from the Arabian Nights, writes David Tresilian

A new exhibition draws attention to the use of papyrus as a writing material in ancient Egypt, arguing that it was the country’s single greatest invention, while a slightly older one brings together recent titles in French on the Arab Maghreb, writes David Tresilian

A major Paris exhibition is commemorating the bicentenary of the death of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, including his campaigns in Egypt and the Middle East.

Two colonial memoirs by middle-ranking officials offer contrasting insights into how the British occupying administration once operated in Egypt, writes David Tresilian in an occasional series on books by visitors to Egypt

A new book reconstructs the history of the entertainment industry in Cairo in the 1920s and 1930s through the eyes of the women involved

A Paris exhibition is marking the destruction of the giant statues of the Buddha at Bamiyan in Afghanistan by Taliban forces 20 years ago

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