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Egyptology: The Missing Millennium


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* Introduction * The Making of an Interpretatio Arabica of Ancient Egypt * Treasure Hunting * Medieval Arab Archaeological Methods and Descriptions * Medieval Arab Attempts to Decipher Ancient Egyptian Scripts * Medieval Arabic Concepts of Ancient Egyptian Religion * Egyptian Mummia, Mummification and Burial Practices in Medieval Arabic Sources * Egyptian Science in Medieval Arabic Sources * Egyptian Kingship and State Administration * Conclusions * Appendix 1: Biographies of Arab Writers * Appendix 2: Books on Ancient Egypt Used by Al-Idrisi* Appendix 3: Primary Arabic Sources

About the Author

Okasha El-Daly is based in University College London's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. Formerly at Birkbeck College, he has excavated at Giza and served as a visiting lecturer and guide for many institutions.


'This is an impressive piece of work. It deals with a grossly neglected and misunderstood subject - the interest and knowledge of Ancient Egypt on the part of Arabic / Moslem writers in the Medieval period - and it covers this subject from many aspects.' Professor Charles Burnett, The Warburg Institute 'The main strength of the book lies in its making available a wealth of medieval Arabic extracts from manuscripts, many of which have never been published before. Hopefully this book will act as an incentive for the publication of more medieval Arabic source material! The inclusion of this material, otherwise difficult or impossible to access, makes reading this book an experience that many readers will definitely enjoy.' Aayko Eyma, Egyptologist's Electronic Forum

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