Masr by Roger H. Jr. GuichardMasr by Roger H. Jr. Guichard


byRoger H. Jr. Guichard

Hardcover | November 18, 2015

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Visitors have often remarked on the light of Egypt. There is something about the soft diffusion of sunlight in the country that makes it visually special. Beginning in the early nineteenth century a combination of that light and the new, more sensitive technology of lithography conspired together to allow artists to capture with unprecedented fidelity the country's monuments, Pharaonic as well as Islamic.But there is another way in which the word ""light"" captures the reality of Egypt. In Arabic it is said that the blood of a people is either ""light"" or ""heavy."" Where the blood of others in the region could be said to be heavy, that of the Egyptians is emphatically light and it always seems to have been that way. Here, the word serves as a proxy for ""cheerful"" or ""optimistic."" The book that follows captures some of that fundamental Egyptian buoyancy and optimism, and it was not very hard to do. The attitude is infectious and anyone who has lived for any length of time in the country is in danger of succumbing. The pieces reflect a sometimes wry, occasionally humorous, but always affectionate view of an essentially unchanging Egypt.""Roger Guichard knows a lot about Egypt and loves most of it. This extremely detailed account of his travels--not only in Egypt but elsewhere--shows him to be an indefatigable researcher with limitless curiosity. One could not ask for a more entertaining guide to a fascinating part of the world.""--John P. Richardson, retired intelligence officer and Middle East specialist Roger H. Guichard Jr. is a management consultant who has lived and worked for most of the last thirty years in the Arab and Muslim worlds. He is the author of Niebuhr in Egypt (2013).
Title:MasrFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:November 18, 2015Publisher:Wipf and Stock PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1498231098

ISBN - 13:9781498231091