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Egypt's geography and geology makes life and government difficult, with harsh extremes.
From the air, the land appears to be a moonscape - until the Nile River comes into view - splitting the country down its length with the startlingly vivid blue and green ribbon of fertile wetlands along the Nile Valley and Delta. But there's more to the country - the arid Western and Eastern Deserts, to the strategically important Sinai Peninsula and Suez Canal, the mediterranean coastline and many shared national borders. A complex place, indeed.
Egypt is a 'transition economy', with a relatively well-developed infrastructure and significant agriculture, industry and tourism, but there is considerable tension between developed and under developed aspects of the economy. Advanced technology, well-educated workers, and good energy resources coexists with areas of unemployment, inequality and corruption. The country's massive (and expanding) tourist industry is shifting its focus from Luxor (culture) to the Red Sea (water sports), and Egypt is attempting to globalise.
The book "Friends Watching Friends: American Television in Egypt" was Katherine Dillion's Heritage Studies Ph.D. dissertation - now published by Cambridge Scholars Press. Immensely readable.
This series is designed to help students develop the skills that a geographer needs, including research skills such as setting survey questions, analysing data, interpreting aerial photographs and presenting results.
'Planning For A Sustainable Future' aims to help students understand what 'sustainability' is, and why there is a need to plan peoples' activities - such as water use, or tourism - now, if lack of resources in the future is to be avoided. The books feature graphs, diagrams and quality photography.
The section "Investigating River Use" suggests research based on the river Nile and the Aswan Dam in Egypt. Amongst the recommended links is the website for the Nile Basin Initiative.
Also available in a Library Binding (Smart Apple Media, 2007)
Cairo is one of the six cities reviewed to illuminate the issues and approaches to contemporary Middle Eastern urbanism. A few of the cities featured are rich in tradition (Cairo, Tunis, and Baghdad), a few are neglected (Algiers and Sana'a) and Dubai is ane 'oil-rich' Gulf city.
The authors are young Arab scholars and architects who are local to the cities they describe, and they explore issues of identity and globalization in the context of the struggles and solutions offered by each city from the late nineteenth century to the present day. They focus on how the built environment has changed over time and under different influences.
This book is written for a nonspecialist audience.
From the perspective of international political economy, Talani considers the dynamics of, and the EU response to, legal and illegal migration from Egypt and other Middle Eastern and North African countries into the EU, including such diverse issues as the role of the Barcelona process in relations between MENA and Southern European countries and the impact of the events following September 11th. Dr. Talani's primary research included substantial UN field work.
The second section of the book presents a case study on Egyptian migration to Europe, based on extensive interviews, statistical material and secondary literature, to apply the theoretical framework developed in the first section.
This study displays a good understanding of migration and the motivations and attitudes of migrants.
A study designed to provide support to the environmental decision process for the proposed development activities in the North Western Coast of Egypt, written by a researcher from Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority 'NPPA'.
Our choice of reference materials provides varied sources of information. Some use specialist vocabulary / language / notation such as hieroglyphics. The encyclopedias are so gorgeous that they really tempt children (and adults) to pick them up - and the 3D paper-engineering books just beg to be 'explored'. The internet-linked books make good use of cross-referencing and ICT to find information - as do CD-ROMs which are cross-referenced with their accompanying books . . .
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The geology, mineral resources, climate, soils and the threat of desertification is explained, with special sections on the Western and Eastern Deserts, the Sinai and Suez, and the Nile Valley and Delta and information about artesian irrigation projects. The benefits and problems arising from dependency on the Nile, the Suez canal and the Aswan High Dam are discussed, as are the problems of food supply, water supply (including the Aswan High Dam) and land shortage - all in light of Egypt's rapidly growing population.
The Ibrahims briefly address Egyptian identity, including and the status of women and Coptic, Nubian and Bedouin minorities, and offer an opinionated insight into modern Egyptian life.
They consider the impact of globalization on Egypt's attempt to industrialize, and the effects of a changing tourist industry, which attempts to offset the effects of Egypt's population explosion, a seriously negative balance of payments, massive debt, unemployment, brain drain and corruption. The vulnerability of toursim to Islamist terrorism is also mentioned. A section on urban life includes the growth and sprawl of Cairo and Alexandria, and an analysis of one regional capital, Beni Suef.
A series which provides insight into life in other countries, looking at the major challenges facing each country now and in the future. In this title, Dr. Jen Green looks at problems in Egypt - those arising in from its fast growing population, including cities with unemployment, overcrowding, poverty and pollution problems, as well as the ongoing threats of terrorism and unrest in the area.
James Bruce was a Scot who, from 1768, loved to travel and made several expeditions to Egypt, rather romanticised in his diaries. He set out from Cairo to discover the source of the Nile (somewhere in Ethiopia, he thought).
Bruce travelled to Egypt in 1768 with the aim of discovering the source of the Nile, which he believed lay in Ethiopia, not reaching Gondor (then Ethiopia's capital) until 1770. Himself a watercolour painter, he chose Balugani, another watercolour artist, as his travelling companion, and together they documented the flora and fauna he encountered. Bruce's original diary is a lengthy and rather inaccessible account (more than 700 pages) - and for most purposes one of the following books will provide a better read.
The Alexander Murray editions, which include his companion essay, are basis for most research.
Illustrations from the journey are presented in LUIGI BALUGANI'S DRAWINGS OF AFRICAN PLANTS: FROM THE COLLECTION MADE BY JAMES BRUCE OF KINNARD ON HIS TRAVELS TO DISCOVER THE SOURCE OF THE NILE 1767-1773
Beckingham allows Bruce to speak for himself, with lengthy quotations and just a brief biography.
Based on Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile in the Years 1768 - 73, Read includes more biographical detail than Beckingham, but uses shorter quotations.
Includes Egypt, particularly the resort of Sharm el Sheikh.
Case studies from a range of UNESCO World Heritage sites show models of good practice, looking at the functions of the different organizations involved and the range of variation among sites. The contributors have international expertise in tourism, visitor management, heritage and cultural studies, environmental and resource management, and landscape studies. They draw on first-hand knowledge at a practical level, demonstrating how to preserve the delicate balance between interpretation, conservation and the provision of visitor facilities.
Particularly useful for practitioners and students involved in heritage management and conservation management, this title could also be of interest to and undergraduate and postgraduate students in tourism, leisure and hospitality.
Nine authors contributed to 11 chapters for this technical academic title. Investigates issues of national identity, authenticity, definition of heritage, representation of cultures and regions, community and tourism development, urban tourism, heritage conservation and tourism, and tourism related investments through a new vision for the region that transcends current geopolitics or national and formal historiographies.
From the Bedouin camps in the Sinai desert to the crowded streets of Cairo, the 21st century has brought new challenges for the people of Egypt. The rapid population growth and a lack of fertile land have seen a vast increase in the number of Egyptians living in cities, where pollution and overcrowding are major problems.
Meanwhile, the rural landscape of Egypt is changing as ambitious irrigation schemes increase the amount of land available for farming. Meet the people of Egypt and learn about the diversity of their lives, from a city planner in Cairo to a doctor in Luxor.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
By studying the village of el Beled, children will appreciate the way that Ancient Egypt has influenced life in Egypt today. The four themes of the book are:
Photographs, guided tours, maps, plans and character sketches support the text. Although targeted specifically at KS2 History and Geography, The 'Thread of the Nile' also makes an excellent cross-curricular resource, particularly for PSHE, citizenship, literacy, numeracy and science.
Produced by 'Teachers in Development Education' (TIDE, 1996)
A student book using engaging and thought-provoking activities to help students develop necessary core skills and understanding. Updated case studies put learning into a real-world context. The Grade Studio activities provide practice exam-style questions, model answers and examiners' comments and advice to help students understand what to do to get the right grade. One section refers to 'informal houses built illegally on state-owned irrigated green land next to the River Nile, which the government had reserved for food supply'.
Today in Egypt pyramids lie amidst modern farming villages, and construction crews renovate and restore crumbling old city architecture. The revised "Egypt - The Culture" examines the ancient and modern cultural history of Egypt together with contemporary issues - sustainable development - how the country combats terrorism - the environmental impact of Egypt's growing population - how pollution effects the pyramids.
The text is supported with 50 percent new images and an interesting range of topics - mummies - King Tut -everyday life in Ancient Egypt - Modern Egyptian music, dance, literature and art.
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Crabtree Publishing have many fantastic series - usually as Book & CD-ROM sets - usually also available in School / Library Binding - and sometimes on Audio CD.
Narrative text, fact boxes and dramatic imagery place the reader in the role of a traveller exploring the desert. The text addresses the reader as a traveller who needs to stay out of trouble in this extreme habitat. . Low-level text is combined with highly visual spreads to appeal to older, reluctant or less able readers. Each book in the 'Extreme Habitats' includes a fact file section perfect for schoolwork.
Ages 9-12, 32 pages
Various other large print editions of EXTREME HABITATS: DESERT SURVIVAL are available from ReadHowYouWant, who publish a wide variety of best selling books in Large Print and Super Large Print formats in partnership with leading publishers. EasyRead books use 11pt and 13pt, EasyRead Large books use 16pt, 16pt Bold and 18pt Bold; EasyRead Super Large use 20pt Bold and 24pt Bold.
A standard hardcover of Desert Survival (Extreme Habitats) is also available.
EXTREME HABITATS: DESERTS (published by TickTock Books) seems to be the same book under a slightly different title.
Also available: EXTREME HABITATS SCHOOL PACK
Also see EGYPT: SOCIAL SCIENCE
'People in the Past: Egypt' series (2008)
The new School / Library Binding editions of the 'People in the Past: Egypt' series are still not out - so illustrations and links are for earlier editions, for the time being.
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The 'People in the Past' series takes a topic based approach to the study of an ancient civilisation - with five books, each covering a different aspect of that civilisation. As well as exploring how people lived, Ancient Egyptian Homes helps children to think what our own society has learnt from Ancient Egypt.
The book is particularly useful because it focuses on primary sources for information about people, events and changes in the society Ancient Egypt - backed up with a glossary and index.
The rest of the People in the Past: Egypt series:
Fun hands-on projects (using household or easily found materials) help 9-12's to move beyond mummies and pyramids, to connect with the ancient Nubian, Mesopotamian, Hittitie and Egyptian cultures. They will discover ways that these cultures have influenced our own culture.
Ten articles about globalisation and how the stresses of modern life are bringing social and cultural change. Some fascinating biographical pieces are included. The two editors, Cynthia Nelson and Shahnaz Rouse, contribute a study of three women -Doria Shafik, Jahanara Shahnawaz and Hamida Akhtar Hussein - who each attempted to reform their societies. Other contributors document wildly differing careers: Sheikh Moubarak Abdu Fadl (a Nubian-Egyptian communist) and the life story of a midwife, Um Ali - whose much lamented death left pregnant women without their best champion. More abstract articles take on Islam related issues, a discussion of research issues and medical / health issues. Heba El-Kholy studies the 'ayma' - a marriage inventory which gives many Egyptian women a measure of security in their marriages.
Ancient Egypt: Pyramids (Poster)
Giant Poster Book of Ancient Egypt (Paperback)
Ancient Egypt with Poster (Learning Works Museum) (Paperback, 2006)
Ancient Egypt: Writing by Let's Look (Poster)
Ancient Egypt (Early Learning History) by Virginia Gray (Poster)
The Ancient Egyptians (Wall Chart, 2006)
Horizon: Life in Ancient Egypt (Poster)
Pyramid with Poster (DK Experience) by Peter Chrisp (Hardcover, 2006)
Horizon: People of Ancient Egypt by Let's Look (Poster)