Ahmed Seddik: Entrepreneur, TV Presenter, Voice-over Artist, Translator, Media Producer, Egyptologist, Lecturer and Tour Guide to Egypt & The Middle East. Seddik speaks with hilarity, clarity and jocularity.
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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
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 -------------------------------- "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