السلام عليكم

Peace be upon you. Welcome to Egypt.


Books

Let's start with the most important part of a Bibliophilic Excursions Signature Journey- the books! We have two very special selections for you this month. The nonfiction tells the story of Mama Maggie Gobran, Egypt's Mother Teresa. Her inspirational story will take you through her journey from a computer science professor to a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Mama Maggie's story will not only inspire you to follow your own dreams, but she will also give each of us a bit of perspective on considering those around us. When you're finished, pass it to a neighbor. It's a positive story for a wild 2020. The fiction selection comes from Egypt's only Nobel Prize in Literature recipient- Naguib Mahfouz. Morning and Evening Talk is one of the prolific writers most heralded works. Prepare to be delighted by this epic and see the history of Egypt through the history of one family.

GET STARTED


A Little History

Ancient Egypt is considered to be one of the world's greatest civilizations and, perhaps, the most mythical. Much of early technology, medicine, spirituality, and civics came from Ancient Egypt. Eventually, Alexander of Macedon conquered the Egyptian Empire, ushering in a new age for Northern Africa and Europe. Following the  Ptolemaic Era, the Byzantines and then the Ottomans ruled the territory before it was then a protectorate of the United King. In 1922, Egypt declared independence, establishing the Kingdom of Egypt. In 1952, officers successfully launched a coup d'etat, overthrowing the King and establishing the Republic of Egypt, later becoming the Arab Republic of Egpyt after President Anwar Sadat (pictured) switched Egypt's allegiance from the Soviet Union to the United States during the Cold War. In 2011, Egpyt become the second country to host mass protests that eventually became known as the Arab Spring.

GET STARTED


Egyptian Culture

Ancient Egyptians were prolific scribes, writing their history and myths in hieroglyphics. Today, Egypt enjoys a rich literary tradition with prolific political writers and internationally recognized novelists. Most of the country is Muslim while 22% are Coptic Christians. The most popular sport in Egypt is football (soccer) with the national team winning the African Cup of Nations a record-setting seven times. Egyptian pop music has become an increasingly popular avenue for social and political activism. 

GET STARTED


Recipe

We've included an Egyptian condiment, a mixture of nuts, spices, and herbs known as duqqa. Duqqa is one of the most popular market items in Cairo and can be paired with countless proteins, veggies, and even bread. We've included a simple recipe that we enjoyed. Click below.

Get Cooking


Complimenting Items

We want to highlight two of the many items included in your journey. 

First, we've included a papyrus painting. Papyrus is the oldest form of paper. Ancient Egyptians used the stem of the papyrus plant as some of the first writing materials. Your painting was handmade in Cairo. 

Secondly, we included handblown Egyptian perfume bottles. The Queens of Ancient Egypt were the first to make these precious bottles. Your bottle is handblown in Cairo using the same ancient plans the Queens used. 

We've also included a handmade leather box with an Egyptian design, hieroglyphic stencils, and a papyrus bookmark to compliment your journey.

GET STARTED


NonProfit Highlight

This month, we're highlighting Stephen's Children, founded by Mama Maggie. They work with children and youth in the most marginalized communities in Egypt. If you'd like more information, follow the link below.

Stephen's Children

Thank you!

We're so happy to have you on this excursion with us! 

We love hearing from our customers! Send us an email with feedback or tag us in a photo of the items in your box. We hope to continue making our boxes more engaging for our customers so please feel free to let us know what you'd like to see.

erika@bibliophilicexcursions.com

@malcolmreads