الجمعة، 17 أكتوبر، 2014

Scholarly Tours of Egypt and the Middle East

Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame

Monday, 27th of October at 10:00 am

www.AhmedSeddik.com

WhatsApp: +201006768269 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 scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall and rise of the Islamic Empire.

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 gates of glory and façades 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 Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
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)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini
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Walking Tour of the City of the Dead

Friday 31st of October, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

WhatsApp: +201006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com



The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.

The lively City of the Dead is a treasure trove of masterpieces from almost all eras of Egyptian history. Walking there gives you an encyclopedic tour of Egyptian history. True to the vision of some of its founders, the City of the Dead has the power to entertain the mind and retain the body. Around 100,000 Cairenes live here among the dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art, the monuments are architected to articulate the vision of the stellar dweller. Picnic among the graves in the City Beyond the Walls! It is a kaleidoscope of culture.

We attempt to see:

Mausoleum of Ibrahim Pahsa Halim
Tomb of Al-Torjoman
Mamelukes St.
Sultan Ahmed St.
Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, Author of the Lost Oases
Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt
War Martyrs Tombs
Tomb of the First President of Egypt
Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex
The Religious and Funerary Complex of Sultan al-Ashraf Inal
Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar
Mausoleum of Muhammed Talaat Harb, Egypt's Leading Economist
Tomb of Omar Makram, Revolutionist
Tomb of Noubar, First Prime Minister of Egypt
Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq
Mausoleum of Al-Ashraf Barsbay
Tomb of René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon, French Author and Intellectual
Mausoleum of Khedive Muhammed Tewfik Pasha
Tomb of Professor Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha, Egyptian Theoretical Physicist
Compound of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay
Tomb of Emir Tashtimur
Chinese Tomb
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Tour of the Egyptian Museum 

Saturday, November 1st, at 10:00 a.m.

WhatsApp: +201006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com


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Tour of Saqqara Pyramids, Tombs and Temples

Friday, the 7th of November at 10:00 a.m.

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"Journey back in time to find the mind behind the fine Pyramid of Zoser!"


“The glorious ground around the mound abounds with countless reliefs
revealing the site’s majestic nature through a hieroglyphic
signature.” - Ahmed Seddik

Monuments we wish see and explore:

Tomb of Horemheb, Generalissimo of the Egyptian Army
Tomb of the Manicurists and Pedicurists of the King
Tomb of the Prime Minister of Egypt Mereruka
The Valley Temple of King Unas
The Step Pyramid Complex
The Oldest Museum Label
Ancient Egyptian Graffiti
The Philosophers’ Circle
The Museum of Imhotep
The Pyramid of Userkaf
Tomb of Princess Idut
Tomb of Maya & Merit
Tomb of Kagemni
Pyramid of Unas
The Serapeum
Pyramid of Teti
Tomb of Ti
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Tour of Giza Pyramids, Temples and Tombs

Wednesday, 26th November, 2014
WhatsApp +201006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

'Man fears time but time fears the pyramids' an Arab saying. 



Pyramid of Khufu
Pyramid of Khafre
Pyramid of Menkaure
Pyramids of the Queens
Khufu's Boat
Tomb of Idu, Overseer of the Construction of the Great Pyramid
Tomb of Qar (G 7101)
The Sphinx
The Valley Temple of King Khafre
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Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo

Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame

Thursday, 27th of November at 10:00 am

www.AhmedSeddik.com

WhatsApp: +201006768269 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
scents, sights and sounds of historic Cairo, the fabled bridge between ancient Egypt and modern Egypt. This is the story of the rise and fall and rise of the Islamic Empire.

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 gates of glory and façades 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 Sioufiyya
Al Khiyamiyya
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Ahmed Maher
El-Darb El-Gadid
Bab Zeweila
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Haret Al-Zahabi
Haret Al-Roum
Haret Al-Aqqadeya
Mosque of Alfakahany
Al-Kahkiyeen
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
Al-Azhar Mosque
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Al-Hussein Mosque
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Alhamzawi Al-Saghir
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Maqases
Sekket Al-Badistan
Al Westani
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
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)
Darb Kormoz
Al Khoronfesh
Al Qasabi
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Haret Bergewan
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Al Dabeeba
Darb Al Waraka
Bayn Al-Sayareg
Haret Al-Morakeshi
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Albanhawy
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Gamaliyya
Wekalat Qaitbey
Haret Alotoof
El-Jashankir Mosque
Kasr Alshok
Al Mashhad Al Husseini
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Walking Tour of the City of the Dead

Friday, 28th of November, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

WhatsApp: +201006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com










The scintillating City of the Dead, anecdotally known as Al-Qarafa, is
so full of life and amenities that if you sum, you realize it is more
town than slum. We will be able to label the fabled vast necropolis
and feast our eyes on monuments glorious from the City Victorious.

The lively City of the Dead is a treasure trove of masterpieces from
almost all eras of Egyptian history. Walking there gives you an
encyclopedic tour of Egyptian history. True to the vision of some of
its founders, the City of the Dead has the power to entertain the mind
and retain the body. Around 100,000 Cairenes live here amongst the
dead. At the pinnacle of Islamic art, the monuments are architected to
articulate the vision of the stellar
dweller. Picnic among the graves in the City Beyond the Walls! It is a
kaleidoscope of culture.

We attempt to see:

Mausoleum of Ibrahim Pahsa Halim
Tomb of Al-Torjoman
Mamelukes St.
Sultan Ahmed St.
Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Hassanein Pasha, Author of the Lost Oases
Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt
War Martyrs Tombs
Tomb of the First President of Egypt
Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex
The Religious and Funerary Complex of Sultan al-Ashraf Inal
Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar
Mausoleum of Muhammed Talaat Harb, Egypt's Leading Economist
Tomb of Omar Makram, Revolutionist
Tomb of Noubar, First Prime Minister of Egypt
Mosque and Mausoleum of Sultan Faraj ibn Barquq
Mausoleum of Al-Ashraf Barsbay
Tomb of René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon, French Author and Intellectual
Mausoleum of Khedive Muhammed Tewfik Pasha
Tomb of Professor Ali Moustafa Mosharafa Pasha, Egyptian Theoretical Physicist
Compound of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay
Tomb of Emir Tashtimur
Chinese Tomb
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Tour of the Egyptian Museum 

Saturday, November 29th, at 10:00 a.m.

WhatsApp: +201006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com





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Tour of Minya, the Bride of Upper Egypt

Friday, 2nd of January 2015, at 6:00 a.m.



The Middle Kingdom Rock Tombs of Beni Hassan:

The governors and officials of the 11th and 12th dynasty
Tomb of Bakhet III
Tomb of Khnumhotep II
Tomb of Khety
Tomb of Amenemhet

City of Minya

Tuna el-Jebel: Tomb and Chapel of Isadora

El-Ashmunein: (Hermopolis Magna)

Tell-el-Amarna: Akhenaten's Capital City
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Tour of the Two Worlds, El Alamein

Ahmed Seddik

Friday, January 9, 2015, at 7:00 am

WhatsApp: +201006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

"Before Alamein, we never had a victory - after Alamein we never had a defeat" Winston Churchill

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Walking Tour of Petra, the Rose Red City

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Led by Ahmed Seddik

www.Seddik.com

WhatsApp: +201006768269 or email: ahmed.seddik@gmail.com

Seddik walks you back in time to a 2000 years old city set in stone, a lost jewel in the bleak barren Arabian desert.

Explore the startling engineering genius behind the sophisticated structure of Al-Khazna!




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Testimonials:

'Hide not your talents, they for use were made; what's a sundial in the shade?' —Benjamin Franklin

Egyptologist Ahmed Seddik on ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/International/video/back-beginning-christiane-amanpour-moses-pharaoh-pharaoh-exodus-18086799

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In the lobby of the Egyptian Museum, Ahmed handed me his business card. Melek kelem, it read, in mirror-like Arabic script. This was no empty palindromic boast, I saw as soon as he started the ten-minute "preview' tour we'd arranged. Ahmed was indeed a Master of Speech, a Word Lord, even -- to stretch the effect into English -- an Emir of Rhyme. He had a dense and mesmerizing way of speaking, full of shifting rhythms and ridiculous puns. Ambling through the museum next to him felt more like jogging, trying to keep up with his ancient-Egyptian etymologies, mnemonics for hieroglyphics, and archaeology gossip.

Zora O'Neill, Travel Author
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Witty and enthusiastic.
Arguto e pieno d'entusiasmo.

Lonely Planet
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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
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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. He is obviously passionate about the country, its history and culture.

Helena Merriman
Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Service
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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

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THE INDEFATIGABLE AND ELOQUENT AHMED SEDDIK MAKES EVEN THE HISTORY OF BILHARZIA SEEM FUN. FREQUENTLY BOOKED AS A TRANSLATOR/FIXER BY FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS, THE 31-YEAR-OLD FREELANCE GUIDE IS ALSO POPULAR WITH EXPATS AND EGYPTIAN PARENTS WHO LOVE HIS CHILD-FRIENDLY TOURS OF THE PYRAMIDS BY CAMEL. IN ADDITION TO WALKING TOURS IN THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM AND ISLAMIC CAIRO, SEDDIK ALSO DOES A TOUR OF POLITICAL CAIRO, REVISITING SCENES FROM THE REVOLUTION IN TAHRIR SQUARE

SUSAN HACK
Condé Nast Traveler Senior Correspondent
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Seeing you in action in these photos I can almost hear your voice and feel your energy!

Eric Sinkkonen
http://ericsinkkonen.com/
Scenic Designer
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“You are a student of the finer point of the English language.”

Hugh Sykes, BBC, the World at One
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My aim was to take a break with a cultural and historic character. And having Egyptologist and tour guide Ahmed Seddik as my companion made my adventure unforgettable.

Amira El-Naqeeb, Travel Writer
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The Digger Who Can Figure:

Mehri Khalil spoke with Ahmed Seddik (a rising figure in the field of Egyptology) about the all-important tourist economy in post-Revolutionary Egypt. Khalil met the unusually poetic archaeologist and tour guide at the American University in Cairo, where he studied in several different departments, enabling him to perceive and discuss history from multiple perspectives. Seddik has given tours all over the country; organized talks and debates in universities and cultural centers...Here, in his undeniably unique style, Seddik discusses his journey and reveals his dreams for his beloved Egypt.

http://fnewsmagazine.com/2011/08/the-digger-who-can-figure/
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"His name is Ahmed Seddik and he is the most delightful, smart and funny person you can imagine. He loves languages and speaks incredible English. He talked continuously without notes of any kind during our tours of the temples at Saqqara, the Pyramids and tombs in Giza, Islamic Cairo, and the City of the Dead--not just providing fascinating and encyclopedic information, both historic and modern, but peppering his monologue with puns and alliteration."

Caroline Moore
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“Ahmed Seddik is the brightest Egyptian I have met since I came to Egypt. I have found his Egyptological knowledge prodigious.”

Professor Jerry Leach

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Ahmed Seddik worked with me as a discussant on the translation of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s monumental mid-nineteenth-century work al-Saq ‘ala l-saq (Leg over Leg) during 2012 and 2013, a work widely considered among the most linguistically challenging of Arabic texts in view of its use of little-known words, word-play and puns, and complex grammar. I reviewed and discussed in depth with Ahmed most of the cruxes of the text and benefited enormously from his in-put. His knowledge of Arabic grammar, verse, and the Quran is encyclopedic and his ability to untangle the contortions imposed from time to time on the language of the book by the constraints of verse and rhymed prose proved to be prodigious. Ahmed’s love of language in general and the Arabic language in particular made him the ideal partner in an enterprise of such a daunting nature. I can recommend him unreservedly to anyone involved in scholarly work involving the Arabic language arts.


Dr. Humphrey Davies
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My wife and I heartily recommend the young Egyptologist and lecturer Ahmed Seddik, who recently provided us with an immensely informative and lively guided tour of Saqqara. His encyclopedic knowledge of Egyptian history, including the beliefs and language of the ancient civilization of the Nile Valley, along with his tact, humor, and treasure trove of anecdotes and stories, provided unusual texture and depth to his explanations. His familiarity with both literary and idiomatic English, combined with his gifts at word-play and poetic device, further enlivened our exchanges. We spent an eminently pleasant and worthwhile several hours in his animated company.

Thomas G. Weiss
Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director

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Thank you for a truly remarkable Cairo experience. I don't think I've ever enjoyed excursions as much as I did this time. You have an absolutely fantastic way of bringing history to life and make it relevant to the visitor. A huge Thank You and I feel truly privileged to have had you as a guide to the ancient wonders of Egypt.

Maria Kuhn

VP Public Relations, Kempinski Hotels
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If you are wishing to source an Egyptologist, we would have no hesitation in recommending Ahmed. Our attention was kept by Ahmed the whole day, including our twelve year old! Ahmed is extremely professional, his knowledge and stories are outstanding and entertaining.

Carolanne Reissiger
Hotel Manager
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Ahmed has guided me around the pyramids, the national museum and Islamic Cairo. He is a font of information, full of enthusiasm and you will tire before he does! I can warmly recommend Ahmed as an expert guide for Cairo and surroundings.

Christopher McLaverty
Consultant to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Church of England

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