Scholarly Entertaining Tours

Walking Tour of Giza Pyramids, Tombs and Temples

Led by Ahmed Seddik

Sunday, 30th of October at 08:00 am

www.SEDDIK.com 

Ahmed.Seddik@gmail.com 

+12132849569 a-1-eat-I-9-joy

‘Man fears time but time fears the pyramids’ an Arab saying.

El hombre teme al tiempo, pero el tiempo teme a las pirámides

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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Tour of the Egyptian Museum

Monday, 31st of October at 09:30 am

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Magic Tour of Historic Cairo: From Saladin to Aladdin

Monday, 31 of October 2016 at 03:00 p.m.

For reservation: call: +12132849569 a-1-eat-I-9-joy 

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 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, The Northern Cemetery

La città dei morti
Shine from the Shrine

1st of November 2016

For reservation: call: +12132849569 a-1-eat-I-9-joy

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:

Al-Fayed Family

Kazoroony Family

Mausoleum of Ibrahim Pahsa Halim

The Tomb of Guzal or Kuzal or Sidi Karkar

Tomb of Al-Torjoman

Mamelukes St.

Sultan Ahmed St.

Mausoleum of Sir Ahmed Mohammed Hassanein Pasha el Boulaki,

Writer, Diplomat and Desert Explorer and Author of the Lost Oases

Palace of Khedive Ismail

Tomb of Narriman Sadek, Cinderella of the Nile, the Last Queen of Egypt

War Martyrs Tombs

Tomb of the First President of Egypt, Muhammed Naguib

Amir Kabir Qurqumas Complex

The Religious and Funerary Complex of Sultan al-Ashraf Inal

Mausoleum of Princess Shwikar

Tomb of Princess Ruqayya `Abd al-Halim

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 Sultan Qansuh Abu Sa‘id, A.D.1499 / 904 A.H

Tomb of Emir Tashtimur

Chinese Tomb

Tomb of Ganibak al-Ashrafi, A.D.1427 / 830 A.H.

Tomb of Anas, A.D.1382 / 784 A.H.

Rab‘ of Sultan al-Ashraf Qaytbay, ca A.D.1474 / 879 A.H.

The Gate of Sultan al-Ashraf Qaytbay, A.D.1472-74 / 877-879 A.H.

Tomb of Gulshayni, CA A.D.1468 / 873 A.H.

Tomb of Khawand Tughay (Umm Anuk), before A.D. 1348 / 749 A.H.

Tomb of Amir Nasrallah (Kuz al-‘Asal) (Pot of Honey), ca A.D.1441 / 845 A.H.

Tomb of Amir Azrumuk, A.D.1504-5 / 909-10 A.H.

Tomb of Khawand Tulbay (No.80) A.D. 1363-4 / 765 A.H.

Hawd and Tomb of Qadi Muhammad Mawahib, A.D. 1685 / 1097 A.H.Magic Tour of Historic Cairo: From Saladin to Aladdin

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Walking Tour of Islamic Cairo


Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame

Wednesday, 2nd of November 2016 at 08:00 a.m.

Places are limited, so registration is required.

For reservation: call or Whatsapp:+12132849569 a-1-eat-I-9-joy

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 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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The Nile Speaks

Listen to the Story of the Nile on a sailing felucca.

3 November at 15:00–17:00

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Hieroglyphic Tour of the Giza Necropolis

Friday, 4th of November at 10:00 am

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Let Stone Set the Tone

Walking Tour of Saqqara Pyramids, Tombs and Temples

Saturday, 5th of November at 10:00 am

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Walking Tour of Petra, the Rose Red City

Tour of the 2000 years old city of Petra

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!

www.SEDDIK.com

25 November

Testimonials:

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‘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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Ahmed Seddik on Brazilian TV: Enigmas do Egito

“Egyptology runs in his veins”

Dr. Zahi Hawass

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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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Un grand tour du Caire avec Ahmed en une journée fut une expérience exceptionnelle et inoubliable lors de notre séjour en Egypte !

Ahmed est venu nous chercher à 8h30 du matin, frais et déjà plein d’une joyeuse énergie qui allait s’avérer sans limite tout au long de notre longue marche… il faisait déjà très chaud à cette heure-ci, car nous étions en août 2015, à ce moment de la canicule, où même les égyptiens n’envisageaient pas de sortir de chez eux. Nous avons traversé le Caire moderne, en passant par la place Tahrir et nous avons finalement atteint le vieux Caire à pied au milieu de la journée. Toute cette première partie de la visite fût agrémentée de commentaires sur la situation politique de l’Egypte, au gré des palais et bâtiments publics qui se trouvaient sur notre chemin. Nous avons aussi eu droit à notre première leçon d’arabe, car Ahmed est un excellent pédagogue, et grâce à des jeux de mots associés à des mimiques comiques et des explications de linguiste pertinentes, certaines expressions sont gravées dans ma mémoire alors que je ne les utilise jamais… Laa Shai, rien, Talasha disparaître. Je le vois encore s’enfuir au loin ce « talashaaaa » !! Car Ahmed s’amuse autant que nous et partage avec une joie enfantine ses connaissances dans tous les domaines, amassées au gré d’une curiosité insatiable.

Mais c’est lorsque nous avons atteint le vieux Caire que nous avons été scotchés par l’érudition d’Ahmed en matière d’histoire. Nous avons voyagé avec lui à travers un passé lointain, qui, parce qu’il le connaît si bien, se dressait vivant devant nous avec évidence. Nous avons pu comprendre la fondation et la construction de la ville, sa position politique et stratégique au sein de l’Egypte au cour du temps, ses liens avec les autres peuples et civilisations.

La beauté des anciens palais et des petites maisons, des églises et des et des mosquées, l’architecture et le quadrillage des rues, tout ceci prenait soudain sens grâce au don d’Ahmed pour rendre réels les personnages et les événements que ces lieux avaient connus.

Ahmed nous a emporté dans ce monde avec une telle efficacité, que nous ne nous sommes rendus compte que nous n’avions ni bu ni mangé, qu’au moment ou une petite faiblesse se fit sentir chez les filles, vers 16h. Nous avons pris une glace et nous sommes allés au café Fishawy où l’écrivain Neguib Mahfouz avait l’habitude de prendre son thé.

Nous sommes également passé par les petits escaliers où se déroule l’histoire du roman Zuqâq al-midaqq.

Nous avons ensuite poursuivi notre marche jusqu’au jardin Al-Azhar qui formait un vif contraste de calme et de nature après cette plongée au beau milieu de la plus grande ville d’Afrique.

Nous avons pu contempler le Caire au soleil couchant grâce à une vue imprenable, et nous pouvions « voir » la ville, non pas comme une jolie carte postale mais avec compréhension. Le souvenir de telle ou telle anecdote associée à telle coupole nous rendait cette vue sympathique et touchante. Il était environ 19h lorsque nous nous sommes dit au revoir. Nous ne nous sentions pas fatigués, et nous pensions que c’était vraiment notre meilleure journée au Caire depuis notre arrivée.

Bab Zouche

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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.

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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I had the opportunity to work with Ahmed Seddik last summer in Cairo, where I was temporarily based as a correspondent for Time Magazine. Though he clearly was far too qualified for the task, he cheerfully served as my translator for a couple of stories. I found him to be a precise interpreter, providing me with excellent translations of what was said in interviews, often a rarity where the need for speed overrides the desire for colorful, exact phrasing.

He also demonstrated a willingness to work long hours, and at the last minute. If I have the opportunity to return to Cairo, I will be sure to use his translation services once again.

Regards,

Aryn Baker,

Associate Editor,

Time Magazine Asia

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Siamo stati al Cairo per un weekend lungo, purtroppo durante i disordini di

piazza di novembre, che ci hanno impedito di visitare il museo egizio a Piazza

Tahrir. Ma anche senza il museo, il viaggio è stato straordinario. Meravigliose

le piramidi e il plateau di Giza, bellissima la visita alle moschee e alle

strade del cairo islamico, entrambi posti che abbiamo visitato con la nostra

guida Ahmed Seddik, la cui mail era indicata sulla Lonely Planet e che abbiamo

contattato dall’Italia subito prima di partire. Ahmed ha fatto una grande

differenza: è affidabile, preparato, pieno di entusiasmo, appassionato di

storia, archeologia, letteratura, geroglifici e conosce i luoghi come le sue

tasche. Alle piramidi ci ha fatto vedere tombe delle quali non avremmo mai

capito neanche la presenza, ci ha portato a vedere un panorama strepitoso da un

posto un pò più lontano ma senza turisti, e ci ha pagato addirittura lui il

ritorno con il cammello come “regalo” di benvenuto. Con lui ci siamo

avventurati in posti dove non saremmo andati da soli, abbiamo capito tanto

della storia dell’egitto e delle piramidi e anche dell’orgoglio degli egiziani

di oggi. Insomma, posti meravigliosi, clima perfetto.. speriamo che la

situazione politica si tranquillizzi presto, perchè non vediamo l’ora di

tornarci e di portarci anche i nostri figli!

Silvia Cavallo

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I have the privilege to recommend to you Ahmed Seddik as an excellent guide and efficient informant. I am fortunate both to have known Ahmed as a fellow student at

the American University in Cairo and to have seen how he developed his college interests into his current profession. Although he makes guiding and lecturing his

profession, Ahmed is a veritable renaissance man due to his passion for learning. He delights in learning various subjects and can claim expertise in many. Ahmed has a

talent for drawing diverse connections from his numerous interests into any talk or tour. In addition to his tours, Ahmed makes good use of his talent in his frequent

lectures on diverse topics at the Sawy Culture Wheel, a famous cultural center and academic forum in Zamalek, and elsewhere.

In the tours I have attended, Ahmed was lively, engaging, and spontaneous. Both the tour to the City of the Dead and Islamic Cairo were chock‐full of information,

partly due to Ahmed’s vast memory for fact and stories. On his tours each monument has a story and every side street is another step back in time. The tours I attended

lasted about five hours each, although he has told me they can stretch longer or take less time depending on the audience. When I took the Islamic Cairo tour, we went

the full length of the Fatimid city from gate to gate in four hours. His tour of Islamic Cairo is especially nice because it takes place in the wee hours of the

morning. The streets of the Khan el‐Khalili are amazingly serene at that time, which makes for a stark contrast with the market’s usual chaos. If you should take the

tour make sure to see the inside of the mosque and madrasa of Barquq; Sultan Plum had an eye for beauty. On these tours, Ahmed is always thinking about ways to improve

and innovate. For example, while leading us through the streets of Islamic Cairo, Ahmed thanked the street cleaners and pondered organizing them to keep the roads

cleaner. Ahmed says he has never given the same tour twice. I believe it.

Ahmed’s style of guiding and touring is not like that found on any other tour. It has more artistry in it than the others. But the faint of heart beware, he is more

than half a poet. Emblazoned on his business card is the Arabic palindrome malik kalim, meaning “king of words.” And certifiably, he can claim to rule his words. Ahmed

is a possessor of a veritable treasury of terms and an arsenal of anecdotes. Don’t think it tedious if he recites a list of synonyms or lines of poetry. Listen

attentively. It is all part of the tour.

Bryan Kraemer

PhD. Candidate Egyptology

University of Chicago

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One of the best ways to hear and see Cairo’s many stories!

Lydia Smith, Watson Fellow at Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

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When you get the chance to visit historic places with Ahmed, expect to use all your senses during the tour, because Ahmed’s detailed explanation expands your imagination beyond the architectural appreciation. By the end of the tour you would have learned about the life surrounding the visited place as it once unfolded–how people dressed, what they ate, notable events, unique social habits, and so on.


Hadeer EL Shafie

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Previous Tours:

Seton Hall Law Program, Faculty and Students

The American University in Cairo

Princeton University

Cambridge University

American Embassy

Time Magazine, Chief of the Middle East Bureau

Harvard University

Yale University

Cornell University

Rice University

AUC Faculty and Students

University of British Columbia

British Engineering Institutions – Egypt (BEIE)

Alexandria School of Theology (http://www.ast-eg.org/)

Dr. and Ms. William Vocke of Carnegie Endowment

Dr. George P. Fletcher of Columbia

Dr. Bernard Freaman of Seton Hall

James K. Galbraith, American Economist

James Balfour of Oxfam

Peter Blauner, Novelist (http://www.peterblauner.com/)

Dr. Jerry W. Leach

US Consul-General Roberto Powers

British Museum Curators

Sir Eldon Wylie Griffiths, former British Minister

Dr. Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science

Dr. Victor G. Vogel, Director of the Cancer Institute

Stanley F. Buchthal, an entrepreneur and producer

John Bohannon, Science Magazine Correspondent

“The City of the Dead “Informal Settlements and Development Strategies

Middle East Studies Program, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities

Ian Davison, Managing Director of Earthmoves Ltd

Julia E. Marshall, Editor for the Oxford English Dictionary

Durham University

Rudy Wenk, Professor of Geology, University of California

University of Minnesota

Leiden University

Penguin Group

Judge Mary Davis

Dr. Richard D. Lewis, author of When Cultures Collide

University of South Alabama

San Francisco State University

University of Memphis

University of California, Berkeley

Temple University

The College of William & Mary

League of Arab States

United Nations

Helwan University

Cairo University

University of Massachusetts Boston

American International School in Egypt

Florida State University

University of Greenwich

University of Sydney

Western Michigan University

Northwestern University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Arkansas

HSBC

Egypt Air Horus Magazine

University of Toronto

London School of Economics

University of Kentucky

United World College of the Atlantic

Rolex

Syracuse University

The University of Palermo

Nalco Company

Seattle Pacific University

University of Ulster

Griffith University

Mona Almaraghi, Presenter

New York University

Progress 2

Duke University

University of Pittsburgh

German University

British University in Cairo

Zora O’Neill, Lonely Planet

German Embassy

Estonian Embassy

The Netherlands Embassy

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Goldsmiths, University of London

The Spanish Embassy

Green Valley School

ARCE Fellows

Cairo Scholars

British Council

University of Maryland

University of Texas

University of Virginia

University of Michigan

American Councils for International Education

Conrad Hotel

Jim Holthouser, Hilton Worldwide Global Head

Maadi Wadi Runners

Supreme Council of Antiquities

ZIAD-HADDARA.COM

Middlebury’s Middle East Arabic Program

Arabic Overseas Flagship Program

Australian Embassy

The French University in Egypt

http://www.semmel.de

Modern English School Cairo

Austrian Embassy in Cairo

Embassy of the Czech Republic

John Kavulich, NIAGARA HOBBY & CRAFT MART

The European Union Delegation

University of Houston

Red Cross

Irish Embassy

Indian Embassy

Kempinski Hotels

MEPI – Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program

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Lectures Given:

1. Give a Pharaoh Five, a joint lecture with Bill Barazzuol

2. The Divine Board, Pharaoh Amasis in Art and History, with Dr. Raymond Stock

3. The Battle of Kadesh

4. The Tale of Sinuhe, a Highly Informative Performative Narrative

5. Music in Ancient Egypt, a joint lecture with Dr. Khairy ElMalt

6. Behold How Howard Uncovered Tut

7. A Night of Hieroglyphics

8. Nefertiti

9. View from a Mashrabiyya: the Architecture of History in the History of Architecture

10. Feasting with the Pharaohs, Banqueting in Antiquity, with Bill Barazzuol

11. The HelleNilotic Melting Pot

12. Freezing Time: from Imhotep to Ahmed Zewail

13. Gates of Glory and Façades of Fame

14. Alexander: a King Akin to a God

15. Eratosthenes, from Cyrene to Syene

16. Pharaohs of Pharos

17. The Roman Aroma

18. A Crumb of Cruelty

19. A Taint of Atenism

20. The Art of the State in the State of the Art

21. The Hype in the Hypostyle

22. The Tale of an Ancient Egyptian Expat

23. Relief of Belief

24. When in Doubt, Hieroglyph it Out

25. Thieves from Thebes

26. Relief Beyond Belief

27. When Domes Dominate

28. From Khaemwas to Zahi Hawass

29. From Cubits to Units, a History of Measurement

30. Emulate an Amulet

31. Write Like an Egyptian & Hear it “From Pharaoh’s Lips”

32. Sobek, Biology and Myth, a joint lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Dean Miller

33. Pinpointing Punt, a joint lecture with Nadia Mottalib

34. Ramsiscape, a joint lecture with Dr. Ann Shafer

35. From Haroun Al-Rashid to the Stone of Rashid

36. Lemon, Biography of a Fruit

37. Ahmed Shawqi with Howard Carter

38. Ahmed Shawqi with Tutankhamon

39. Albert Einstein, Father of the Atomic Age

40. PowerPoint to Empower Your Point

41. Digital Grammar

42. Networking That Works

43. Ahmed Shawqi in France

44. How Gibraltar Altered History

45. “Weaving the Web”

46. Ahmed Shawqi, a Children’s Poet

47. Umm Kulthum with Hafez Ibrahim and Ahmed Shawqi

48. Ahmed Shawqi, the Bard of Wisdom

49. Ahmed Shawqi, the Egyptologist Poet

50. From Karma to Karama

51. “Naguib Mahfouz as Imhotep and Manetho, a joint lecture with Dr. Raymond Stock

52. Romance in the Land of the Pharaohs

53. Ahmed Shawqi in Philae

54. “Champollion: The Linguist and the Emperor”

55. “100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian”

56. Conquering the City of Grammar

57. Law in Ancient Egypt

58. Color in Ancient Egypt, a joint lecture with Dr. Gamal Lamie

59. Ancient Egyptian Fauna

60. Ancient Egyptian Flora

61. Sailing in Ancient Egypt

62. Naguib Mahfouz: Reading from the Otherworld, with Dr. Raymond Stock

63. Imhotep, a Modern Mind in an Ancient Body

64. The Story of Influenza

65. The Two Doves

66. What Is Light?

67. Reshaping the Shipwrecked Sailor

68. Making Zoser Closer to Eternity

69. From Narmer to Nasser

70. Isis and Osiris

71. A Virtual Tour to the Egyptian Museum

72. The Hieroglyphic Nature of Art

73. Ancient Egyptian Proverbs

74. Body Language in Ancient Egypt

75. Sinuhe Insinuations

76. The Art of Guiding

77. Flood, Growth, Harvest

78. The Tooth That Told the Truth

79. Date Palm: Biography of a Tree

80. Let Stone Set the Tone

81. Ancient Egyptian Religion

82. The Third Dynasty is a Charm

83. Diplomacy in Ancient Egypt

84. The Art of Translation

85. Cleanliness in Ancient Egypt

86. The Ancient Egyptian House

87. Medicine in Ancient Egypt

Journey back in time and meet the leading medical practitioners in the wonderland of Egypt. Through ancient medical papyri and temple wall carvings we piece together

the world of medicine in ancient Egypt; diagnosis, prognosis, remedies, tools and techniques that at times surpass our state-of-the-art modern medicine.

88. The Art of Public Speaking

89. Etymological Stories

90. Magic in Ancient Egypt

91. Ancient Egyptian Architects

92. Dying to Live

93. The Art of Tutoring

94. Lily: Biography of a Flower

95. The Hoopoe or News from the Father of News

96. Quarrying the Quarantine

97. Health in Ancient Egypt

98. Drama Drawn from Ancient Egypt

99. Egyptian Mathematics

100. Ancient Egyptian Technology

101. Ancient Egyptian Palaces

102. Women in Ancient Egypt

103. The Queens of Ancient Egypt

104. Ancient Egypt in Film

105. The Hyksos of Evil

106. Kinship and Kingship

107. The Hype Style of the Hypostyle

108. The Plastic Bag of Antiquity

109. Sport in Ancient Egypt

110. For Whom the Sun Shines

111. The Spirit in Ancient Egypt

112. A Pause at the Paws of the Sphinx

113. Stele: Bulletin Boards of Ancient Egypt

114. The Bee in Ancient Egypt

115. Money: From Bricks to Clicks

116. Bread in Ancient Egypt

117. Friendship and Marriage in Ancient Egypt

118. Pensive Pencils

119. Zoser: From Imhotep to Lauer

120. An Abode Beyond the Boundaries of Death

121. Sound in Ancient Egypt

122. Google Your Life

123. Ahmed Shawqi: the Poet of Faith

124. The Locus of the Lost Lotus in Egyptian Art

125. The KaRaVans of Ra

126. Egypt: Magic and Tragic

127. From Sultan Barquq to King Tut

128. Saqqara Village: Passport to the Past

129. Cleanliness in Science, History and Art

130. From Bab Zewaila to Bab Zewail

131. When Nature Speaks, Art Listens

132. Don’t Worry, We Have a Quarry, to Tell the Story

133. Sounding the Sands: Archeology Techniques

134. The Fourth Dynasty: Builders with Boulders

135. An Elapse Marking a Collapse

136. Carter: Purse and Curse

137. Strokes of Genius on Ostraca

138. Camels Were Late Comers

139. Symposium on the Nile, with Barazzuol, Alshafie and Professor Leach

140. In the Museum of the Atom

141. The Story of Garbage

142. Chorus with Horus

143. The Mother in Ancient Egypt

144. Nursing the Curse

145. Knowledge: a Boon from the Baboon

146. From Adoring the Sun to a Door in the Sun

147. Mirroring Mereruka’s Meridian

148. Wheel in, Camel out

149. Petrie: Inch by Inch

150. Ancient Egyptian Games

151. From the Nave to the Cave

152. Making El Fayoum Bloom

153. Restoring the Cosmic Chasm

154. The Rise of Monasticism

155. Ahmed Shawqi: from the Poet of the Prince to the Prince of Poets

156. The Egyptian Temple: from the Core Niche to the Corniche

157. Karnak: a Hub for Hubris

158. Tut: an Heir to an Era of Air

159. The Ottoman Style: More Flash for Less Cash

160. Lured by the Lucre

161. Museums: Creation and Curation

162. The Narcotic Nilotic Lotus

163. Egypt: the Dynastic Destiny

164. The Double Helix: The Inspiring Spiral

165. Wade in Wood, Hopes on Ropes

166. Ahmed Shawqi in School

167. The ABC of Electricity

168. Ibn Al-haytham: the Father of Optics

169. The Story of Numbers

170. Your Wasta to Waset

171. The Boy King Wanted His Plaything

172. How Laser Works

173. Anatomy of an Atom

174. The Trial of a Triad

175. The Library of Alexandria

176. Let the Fable Come to the Table

177. A Tale of Two Pyramids

178. Schistosomiasis and an Unparalleled Site of a Parasite, a joint lecture with Bill Barazzuol

179. Ahmed Zewail’s Voyage through Time

180. The Magic of Marriage in Ancient Egypt

181. ABC Latin

182. Paremiology in Arabic, English and Latin

183. Zewail City for Science and Technology

184. The Subject and the Predicate

185. Ahmed Shawqi: the Revolutionist Poet

186. West Meets East: the Rise of Tourism

187. The First Tick in History: the Story of Measuring Time

188. A Tale of Three Apples

189. At First I Could See Nothing

190. Story of a Bridge

191. The Story of the Compass

192. The Egyptian Revolution through Western Eyes

193. The Story of Silence

194. The Circle

195. Ficus Benghalensis

196. Water

197. The Story of Olive

198. The Desert

199. Om Kolthoum, the Many Layers of Genius

200. Sustainability in Ancient Egypt

201. Amarna Letters: Egyptian Bricks of Diplomacy

202. Is the Nile Delta Going under Water? Joint lecture with Dr. Jerry Leach

203. Calcium: the Backbone of Eternity

204. Cairo Trees

205. Thomas Alva Edison

206. The Sycamore Fig

207. Forty Winks at the Sphinx

208. From Marble to Marvel

209. Tahrir: an Atmosphere of Utmost Fear

210. The Pharaoh’s Four Curses

211. Poetry from Pottery

212. The Mermaid of the Mediterranean

213. A Chemist from Kemet

214. The Pharaoh in the Quran

215. Science in the Quran

216. Politics in the Quran

217. Shine from the Shrine, the City of the Dead

218. Coptic Cairo, the Babylon of Egypt

219. Alexandria, the Capital of Memory

220. Political Charisma in Egypt from BC to CC

221. An Anatomy of Medical Terminology

222. Conspiracy, Strikes and Revolutions in Ancient Egypt

223. Zoom in Man: Zoo in Man

224. An Arabic Arsenal in English: Arabic Ingredients for English Words

225. The Story of an Ancient Egyptian Abroad

226. All is Fair in the Pharaoh’s Affair

227. Seddikism: Laconic, Iconic and Mnemonic

228. Trees of Ancient Egypt

229. Hair in Ancient Egypt

230. Fashion in Ancient Egypt

231. Family in Ancient Egypt

232. The Cat in Ancient Egypt

233. The Elephant in Ancient Egypt

234. Why is the Sky Blue?

235. In Pursuit of Hatshepsut

For over 3000 years, the memory of Queen Hatshepsut remained shrouded in secrecy — even her mummy. But in 2007, Archaeologist Zahi Hawass found a molar tooth inside

a wooden box inscribed with the name of the Queen. That tooth fitted perfectly in the jaw of the mummy that Zahi assumed to be the Queen. That was the tooth that told

the truth, a dental identity. Now, travel back in time IN PURSUIT OF HATSHEPSUT to reveal the mystery of the great woman who ruled Egypt in the Golden Age for over

twenty years — listen to her words!

Books Translated:

-The Illustrated Guide to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings by Dr. Kent R. Weeks

Published as the Official Portal for Luxor

-Co-translated and co-edited How the West Was Lost by Dambisa Moyo for the National Translation centre

Ahmed Seddik Spoke at:

Boston University

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Pomona College

University of Washington

Fashion Institute of Technology

Portland Community College

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

The American University in Cairo

The Egyptology Society

The Egyptology Academy

The Desert Development Center

The Sawy Culturewheel

The Seton Hall Law School – Cairo Summer Program

Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace

SOC 299: invited by Dr. Emad El-Din Aysha

South Dakota Delegation

Students from Ulsan University in Korea, invited by Dr. Cyrus Reed, Associate Provost

Performing and Visual Arts

The British International School

Course: ARIC-315: ARABIC DRAMA (invited by Dr. Birairi M)

CLASSICAL PURSUITS INC.

The House of the Poet in Al-Muez Street in the Palace City of Cairo

Famelab

Cairo Toastmasters Club

California Toastmasters Club

New York Toastmasters Club

Virginia Toastmasters Club

Hawaii Toastmasters Club

Oregon Toastmasters Club

Seattle Toastmasters Club

Greater New Haven Toastmasters Club

Yale Toastmasters

Nutty Scientists

Darb 1718

Egyptian Center for Culture & Art (Makan)

Mashrou3 Al Mareekh

Ahram Canadian University

Future University in Egypt

Al-Balsam Bookstore

Innoventures

The International School at Dundee

Produced/Translated and/or Reported for:

The New York Times

BBC World Service (Egypt and Libya)

BBC America

Financial Times

CBS Network (the Egyptian 25th Jan. Revolution)

Swedish Radio

CNN

Amanpour and Khaled Mashaal, Leader of Hamas:

Hamas leader tells Amanpour his group wasn’t behind bombing

Baboon Filmes

VRT

France 2

French 24

Stampa

Espresso

The Daily Mirror

Xinhua

GEO Magazine

Danish National Radio

South of Sweden News

Göteborgs-Posten

Platts

AUC Times

Tahrir Lounge

Der Spiegel

KPFA Radio

CSSProject for Integrative Mediation (in Cairo, Portsaid, Sinai)

Field Producer of a film about Bob Bradley: We Must Go

Bas Uterwijk Photography

Petra Ramsauer

Future Cities: Cairo

Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper

http://www.studiojensassur.com

Global TV

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com

http://www.parismatch.com

http://www.information.dk

http://www.cuatro.com/

http://danielhartleyallen.com

Painter Khaled Hafez

Photographer Eirik Bjørklund

Copper Pot Pictures

Show Time, Years of Living Dangerously

Andrew Hosken, Reporter, The Today program, BBC Radio 4

Ruptly TV

Tout.com

Roger Hercz

L’Opinion

VII Photo Agency, Laura Eltantawy

Lorenzo Meloni

Ulfisacson.com

NurPhoto

Nguni TV

Al-monitor

http://julianreidphoto.com/

Aftenposten

Circa

CTV National News, Daniele Hamamdjian

Nine Lives Media

Shine, a song with leejonesmedia.co.uk:

#‎Cairo‬ ‪#‎Egypt‬ ‪#‎Tour‬ ‪#‎Guide‬ ‪#‎Walking‬ ‪#‎Children‬ ‪#‎City_of_the_Dead‬ ‪#‎Garden‬ ‪#‎Green‬ ‪#‎Serene‬ ‪#‎Clean‬ ‪#‎Islamic‬ ‪#‎Art‬ ‪#‎Architecture‬ ‪#‎Photography‬ ‪#‎Trees‬ ‪#‎Flora‬ ‪#‎Seddik‬ ‪#‎Scholar‬ ‪#‎Scholarly‬ ‪#‎Storyteller

Gates of Glory and Facades of Fame

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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