David Tresilian's Articles

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

The Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram and magazine Al-Hilal were not the only titles founded by Syrian-Lebanese entrepreneurs over 100 years ago, as a look through the archives of the American press reveals, writes David Tresilian

A novel by Egyptian writer Tawfik Al-Hakim is now available in the Penguin Classics series of world literary works in English translation

The Library of Arabic Literature has been making more of its English translations of Arabic literature available in paperback editions

The French government announced an extension of the lockdown intended to slow the spread of Covid-19 in France last week. David Tresilian in Paris looks back on the evolution of the crisis

Though they have millions of readers worldwide, the Tintin books by the Belgian cartoon-book artist Hergé have had a mixed reception in Arabic

Issues such as the uprisings in parts of the Arab world and the state of Franco-Maghreb relations were discussed at this year’s Maghreb des Livres book fair in Paris

Exhibition titled 'Inspired by the East — How the Islamic World influenced Western Art' continues at the British Museum, London, until 26 January.

A new exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris is revealing important archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia to the world for almost the first time, writes David Tresilian

The Third Biennale of Photographers of the Contemporary Arab World has been drawing appreciative audiences to the Institut du Monde arabe in Paris

A major exhibition at the Louvre in Paris has been shedding light on the Hittites, a formidable foe of the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom, writes David Tresilian

English novelist William Golding’s An Egyptian Journal retains its mystery today more than 30 years after it was written, writes David Tresilian in an occasional series on books by visitors to Egypt

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