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By Okasha El Daly

Egyptology: The lacking Millennium brings jointly for the 1st time the disciplines of Egyptology and Islamic experiences, looking to overturn the traditional opinion of Western students that Moslims/Arabs had little interest in pre-Islamic cultures. This publication examines a overlooked interval of one thousand years within the background of Egyptology, from the Moslem annexation of Egypt within the 7th century CE until eventually the Ottoman conquest within the sixteenth century. targeting Moslem writers, because it is generally Islam which incurs blame for slicing Egyptians off from their old history, the writer exhibits not just the life of a big physique of Arabic assets on historic Egypt, but additionally their usefulness to Egyptology at the present time. utilizing assets as different because the debts of tourists and treasure hunters to books on alchemy, the writer indicates that the curiosity in historic Egyptian scripts persisted past classical writers, and describes makes an attempt by means of medieval Arab students, generally alchemists, to decipher the hieroglyph script. He extra explores medieval Arab curiosity in historic Egypt, discussing the interpretations of the intact temples, in addition to the Arab inspiration of Egyptian kingship and country administration—including a case examine of Queen Cleopatra that indicates how the Arabic romance of this queen differs considerably from Western perspectives. This publication could be of serious curiosity to lecturers and scholars of archaeology, Islamic experiences and Egyptology, in addition to an individual with a basic curiosity in Egyptian history.

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