You still have plenty of time to start reading good and entertaining books.
1. Culture as Politics by Yassin El-Haj Saleh
In this very timely book, renowned Syrian thinker and political writer Yassin El-Haj Saleh tackles the intellectuals role in the time of tyranny and struggle for power.
Saleh, who has not stopped writing since the Syrian revolution broke out on March 2011, sees culture as a form of political power and of public work that has its own character and dignity.
2-Mapping My Return by Salman Abu Sitta
Palestinian researcher Salman Abu Sitta, draws on oral histories and personal recollections of the vanished world of his family and home from the late 19th century to the eve of the British withdrawal from Palestine and subsequent war.
Alongside accounts of an idyllic childhood spent on his family’s farm estate, Abu Sitta gives a personal and very human face to the dramatic events of Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s.
3- Shubra: A Small Alexandria in Cairo, by Mohamed Afifi
Afifi, a professor of contemporary history at Cairo University, draws a picture of Shubra, the Cairene neighbourhood where he grew up which was once a cosmopolitan haven for foreigners in Egypt and an example of tolerance in Egypt during the first half of the 20th century.
4- Toubaa Fi Beirut, by Jabbour Douaihy
The award-winning Lebanese novelist’s new book takes place in Beirut, where its protagonist, Farid, who is in his 30s, is struggling to publish his own book when a publisher offers him a job as a copyeditor. Through the symbolism of Farid’s character Douaihy weaves a story of a great collapse of the Lebanese realities, socially, economically and first and foremost, culturally.
5- Scanning Pharaohs by Zahi Hawass
This book analyses the results of the groundbreaking imaging technology being used to examine the royal mummies of the New Kingdom.
The royal mummies in the Cairo Museum are an important source of information about the lives of the ancient Egyptians. The remains can inform us about their age at death and medical conditions from which they suffered, as well as the mummification process and objects placed within the wrappings. Using the latest technology including Multi-Detector Computed Tomography and DNA analysis.