الأحد، 25 ديسمبر، 2011

Late Late December and Early Jan Tours and Lectures





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Tour of Minya

by Ahmed Seddik

30th and 31st of December, 2011


For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69
or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com
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Gates of Glory and Facades of Fame

A Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Ahmed Seddik

1-1-1

Sunday, 1st January, 2012

at 1 p.m

For reservation: call: 0100-67-68-2-69

or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com


In this beautiful tour of words and deeds, history and architecture are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. 


In this tour, I shall prove that there exists an architectural historian technique whereby history can be interpreted through architecture. Behold! Seddik technique is unique.

"Travel. Set out and head for pastures new. Life tastes richer when you've rode warm feet. No water that stagnates is fit to drink, for only that which flows is truly sweet ...." - Ibn Battuta

"behind the gates of glory and facades of fame lie unique stories of rise and fall that teach us to never give in, in nothing great or small, in the march of history against the juggernaut of time. When domes dominate a relief of belief reveals the architecture of history in the history of architecture through abodes beyond the boundaries of death. 

The minarets dot the I's and cross the T's of architecture, furnishing a Rosetta Stone to untangle the web of history. The palaces of startling elegance provide visual biographies highlighting the salience of sailing in the sea of history and granting us a passport to the past 

Ahmed Seddik

List of what we might or might not see during our tour

Al-Azhar Mosque (the Oldest University)
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Hussein Mosque 
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid St.
Bayn al-Qasrayn
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
Al-Zahir Beibars
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests) 
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)



About Ahmed Seddik www.AhmedSeddik.com
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"He has a vast knowledge of politics and current affairs as well as the history of Egypt and the wider middle east. He is also particularly good at turning dry facts into fascinating anecdotes and was often able to entertain and educate us with interesting stories about Egypt's history."
Helena Merriman
BBC World Service 

"His language skills, especially his knowledge of English, are absolutely first class and he has an ability to express himself in a manner that many native English speakers would find difficult to improve upon."
Michael Buchanan
Correspondent
BBC News

"Ahmed was amazing. He helped us navigate through Cairo at a very difficult time with a combination of street smarts, great attitude, and an uncanny command of the English language. In Ahmed we found not only an amazing producer, but a great resource for all things Egypt. His offhand knowledge of Egyptian history, of pharaohs and antiquities, of hieroglyphics and pyramids is astounding. He can quote ancient Egyptian texts from memory. In many ways he was our tour guide and history professor on top of everything else."
Erin Lyall George
Producer
The CBS Evening News 

"Egyptology runs in his veins." Dr. Zahi Hawass

"Ahmed's pedagogical skills and talents are superb. His sharp wit and warm humor, coupled with his linguistic brilliance, inspire and promote vast learning to take place in a short time. He seems to carry in his head all 18 volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary and the meaning and derivation of a vast corpus of Arabic vocabulary. His facility with language, coupled with his powerful oration while lecturing, make him a superior teacher." 
Bill Barazzuol, Vice-President of the Egyptology Academy

"Ahmed's expertise in Arabic in particular could be described as nothing short of masterful. He has committed to memory volumes upon volumes of the great Arabic grammarians such as Ibn Malik and his work of one thousand lines "The Alfia". What's more, Ahmed is able to distill these complicated rules of grammar into a clear, logical, and easily understood system of mnemonics, enabling any non-native speaker to acquire this difficult language in the shortest time possible." John Solomon
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Walking Tour of the City of the Dead

                           
Friday, 6 January, 2012 at 10 a.m

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Revolutionary Tour of Cairo 

by Ahmed Seddik

Saturday, 7th January 2012 at 1 p.m.


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Tour of the Egyptian Museum

13 January 

Friday
at 1 p.m

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Ride with Your Guide

14 January 

Saturday

at 2 p.m

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