edited by Mohamed El-Dakhakhny

Take a photographic tour of Egypt, land of magic and mystery

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Egypt—the home of the pharaohs, and the birthplace of one of the world's earliest civilizations—is a land of magic and mystery. Who is not familiar with the images of ancient Egypt: the pyramids with their mummified inhabitants and treasures of gold, the Sphinx, images of jackal-headed gods and hieroglyphic writings, and the life-sustaining waters of the Nile? Egypt has been home to wondrous monuments and famous rulers, from the Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria to King Tutankhamun and Queen Cleopatra.

Today, the waters of the Nile still flow, and the country to which they give life still holds beauty, fascination, and charm. In the cities that huddle within the Nile valley, modern Egyptians live a life that is a unique blend of new and traditional ways. Camel riders move along the street beside luxury cars, and an increasingly educated, industrialized population still adhere to the timeless laws and traditions of Islam.

Far from the cities, the desert presents another face of Egypt. The Nile divides the country into the Eastern and Western Deserts, and nestled among the shifting desert sands are majestic rock formations, flourishing oases, and a diverse array of highly adaptable wildlife. Migratory birds, nocturnal reptiles, and unique rare creatures such as the hyrax all exist in Egypt's deserts, while its coral reef supports a vast community of marine life. Ethnic communities also inhabit the deserts, including the Nubians, Berbers, and the semi-nomadic Bedouins, who strive to maintain their customary ways of life despite the pressures of modernity.

In Spectacular Egypt, an expert team of Egyptian authors takes you on a tour of this unique land, discussing the ancient monuments, the flavor of modern life, Egypt's natural resources, and more. With nearly 200 gorgeous full-color photos by some of Egypt's most skilled photographers, in an oversized landscape format—including 18 pages of panoramic gatefolds—this book is a voyage to be treasured.

16 x 10 5/8 in., 132 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-844-4
$75.00 U.S.

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