Writing Egypt

History, Literature, and Culture

Edited by Aleya Serour

The American University in Cairo Press, founded in 1960, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010. In half a century, the Press has grown from producin

English edition
384 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774163784
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The American University in Cairo Press, founded in 1960, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010. In half a century, the Press has grown from producing one or two books a year in the 1960s to its position today as the leading English-language publisher of the Middle East, with an annual publication program of up to 100 new books, and a backlist catalog offering of over 1,000 publications. To celebrate 50 years of excellence in publishing, Aleya Serour has drawn together extracts from some of the milestones among the fertile and diverse output of the AUC Press over five decades. Here is history, from Kent Weeks on ancient Thebes to Galal Amin on modern Egyptian society; culture, from Bernard O’Kane on early Mamluk decorative arts to Azza Fahmy on jewelry for spirit appeasement; and the best of Arabic literature in translation, from Taha Hussein and Naguib Mahfouz to Alaa Al Aswany and Ahmed Alaidy. . . . And much more, giving a rounded picture of the cultural contribution of one of the major players in Middle East publishing.

Aleya Serour

Aleya Serour was the co-author of the first edition of the AUC Press’s bestselling Cairo Practical Guide in 1975, and the editor of Naguib Mahfouz: Life’s Wisdom from the Works of the Nobel Laureate (AUC Press, 2006). She retired recently after more than thirty years as a key member of the AUC Press team. Mark Linz has been director of the AUC Press from 1983 to 1986 and again since 1995.
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