David Tresilian's Articles

Egyptian writer Iman Mersal was awarded this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi in May.

This year’s Arab History Days at the Institut du Monde arabe in Paris focused on the themes of commerce and travel in Arab civilisation, writes David Tresilian

A new Paris exhibition underlines Egypt’s role as the home of the Arab world’s most famous female singers

The long history of writing about Egypt from the outside includes some lesser-known ancient visitors

Writing about Egypt from the outside goes all the way back to ancient times and often provides valuable insights into the country

The memoirs of British colonial officials can contain intriguing information about life in early twentieth-century Egypt

A new translation of a nineteenth-century Arabic travel narrative allows today’s readers to learn more about early modern Darfur

Nicholas Saunders, Desert Insurgency: Archaeology, T E Lawrence, and the Arab Revolt, Oxford (UK): Oxford University Press, 2020, pp369

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

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