Moulids are the equivalent of medieval European saint’s fairs, popular events combining piety, fun and commerce. Their ostensible aim is to obtain blessing (baraka) from the saint, but the social and cultural dimensions are equally important. Moulids are an opportunity for people to escape the monotory of their hard-working lives in several days of festivities, and for friends and families from different villages to meet. Farming problems are discussed, as well as family matters- and marriage- as people dance, eat and pray together. Continue reading
As a presumed-rich khawaga (the Egyptian term for a foreigner), you will be expected to be liberal with baksheesh, which can be divided into three main varieties. The most common is tipping: a small reward for a small service, which can encompass anything from being waited on to someone unlocking a tomb or museum room at one of the ancient sites.
The sums involved are often partly, but try to strike a balance between defending your own wallet and acquiescing gracefully when appropriate. There’s little point in offending people over what are Continue reading
The Nile bride is the most beautiful lady in her village. She should be young and pretty. On a specific day of the year, she is dressed the most expensive jewelries and clothes to become suitable for a great festival full of joy, happiness and hope. In this festival, she sacrifices her life for others according to the Ancient Egyptians’ traditions. The Nile was a God for Pharaohs that needed a present to keep helping people. To ask the Great Nile for the flood making the ground fertile, Pharaohs were choosing the most beautiful lady in the whole village to be thrown in the Great Nile. Then the Nile accepts their request and sends them the flood. Continue reading
Bayt Al-Suhaymi is an old Ottoman era house museum in Cairo, Egypt. It was originally built in 1648 by Abdel Wahab el Tablawy along the Darb al-Asfar, a very prestigious and expensive part of Medieval Cairo. n 1796 it was purchased by Sheikh Ahmed as-Suhaymi whose family held it for several subsequent generations. The Sheikh greatly extended the house from its original through incorporating neighbouring houses into its structure. Today the house is a museum which foreign visitors can tour.
It is made from the leaves of jute and corchorus plants that grow in east and north Africa. In Egypt, Mulukhiya is prepared by chopping the leaves with garlic and coriander and cooking it in an animal stock such as chicken, beef or rabbit, and served with Egyptian bread or rice. Interestingly, different cities in Egypt prepare it in different ways. For example fish or shrimp are used as bases for the broth in coastal cities such as Alexandria and Port Said. During the late Tenth century, the dish was banned by the Fatimid Caliph Al Hakim Bi-Amr Allah, while the ban was lifted, religious sects such as the Druze still refuse to eat the dish in respect for the late Caliph.
14 ounces molokheya (use 1 frozen package- should be 14oz or 400 grams, there is only one size, so if different- no prob)
2 chicken bouillon cubes Continue reading
Archaeological sources indicate the emergence, by the late Gerzean period (about 3200 BC), of a dominant political force that was to become the consolidating element in the first united kingdom of ancient Egypt.
This is a plate from the Early Dynastic period of Ancient Egypt, circa 3900 BC. It depicts a man on a boat alongside a Hippo and Crocodile.
The plate now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The earliest known hieroglyphic writing dates from this period; soon the names of early rulers began to appear on monuments. This period began with a 0 Dynasty, which had as many as 13 rulers, ending with Narmer Continue reading
The Temples of Abu Simbel are amongst the most interesting Pharaonic Temples, located close to the southern border with the Sudan. They are 280 km south of Aswan and consist of two, rock-cut Temples, which both date back to the reign of King Ramses II (1290-1223 BC). Unfortunately these unique Temples suffered from the raising water of Lake Nasser while the High Dam was being built. Other countries, with the help of UNESCO, assisted Egypt to help save them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur-H7dP8FNc
Ancient Egypt grips the imagination, touches the soul and inspires the uninspired. You simply can’t escape over 7000 years of historical influence Ancient Egypt enjoys. The legacy of Ancient Egypt, with names like Ramses, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen and places like the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx echoes in art, literature and popular culture.
نوع من أنواع المأكولات الشرقية وهو عبارة عن لحم مشوي بطريقة خاصة. لحم الشاورما يكون عادة من اللحم البقري أو لحم الجمل أو لحم الضأن أو لحم الدجاج حيث يوضع اللحم مرصوصاً على سيخ معدني
It is a kind of Oriental cuisine, which is a roast beef in a special way. Shawarma meat is usually beef or camel meat or lamb or chicken meat where the meat is placed on a metal skewer
Ibn Tulun’s Mosque (daily 8 am-5pm; no entry fee) is a rare survivor of the classical Islamic period of the ninth and tenth centuries, when the Abbasid caliphs ruled the Muslim world from Iraq. Their purpose -built capital, Samarra, centered upon a congregational mosque where the entire population assembled for Friday prayer, and this most likely provided the inspiration for the Ibn Tulun. You enter the mosque via enclosure, designed to distance the mosque from its surroundings; to the left stands the Gayer-Anderson House. It’s only within the inner walls that the vatness of the mosque becomes apparent: the courtyard is 92m square, while the complex measures 140m by 122m.
عمارة يعقوبيان هي رواية مصرية للكاتب علاء الأسواني و هي تعرض صورة للحياة في مصر مع و صول ثورة عبد الناصر. سجلت هذه الرواية ما وقع ويقع في مصر من فساد وانحلال ورشوةو غيرها من مظاهر الفساد.
The Yacoubian Building (Imarat Ya’qubyan) is a novel by Egyptian writer Alaa al-Aswany. It presents a vision of life in Egypt, with the arrival of Nasser’s revolution. This novel has recorded what happened and is happening in Egypt in terms of corruption, dissolution, bribe, etc
: (علاء الأسواني (26 مايو 1957
.أديب مصري يكتب القصة القصيرة والرواية، طبيب أسنان، عضو في حركة كفاية المعارضة في مصر
:من أهم أعماله
.عمارة يعقوبيان ونادي السيارات و نيران صديقة بالإضافة إلى بعض المقالات
Alaa Al_Aswany (May 26, 1957):
He is n Egyptian novelist who writes novels and short stories. He is a dentist and a member of “Kefaiamovement”, Egyptian opposition movement .
His works :
Jacoupian Building , Cars Club , Friend Shoots and some articles.