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Les Pharaons Hérétiques: Hatshepsout, Akhnaton, Nefertiti.

Aton est-il dieu, roi, concept métaphysique? Akhenaton, premier monothéiste ou premier déicide de l'histoire? Vaincu ou vainqueur d'une longue guerre contre le clergé d'Amon? La pensée amarnienne se greffe-t-elle sur celle d'Hatshepsout? Par touches successives, suivant l'évolution de la pensée amarnienne, l'auteure interroge les faits historiques et les mythes fondateurs du pouvoir pharaonique pour aborder ces questions et d'autres encore. Hatshepsout, Akhenaton et Nefertiti, stratèges et philosophes avant la lettre présentent une épure favorable à cette recherche qui veut se dégager du langage religieux et situer la pensée égyptienne au fondement de la pensée occidentale. Un essai à la fois très personnel et très informé.

Layla An Egyptian Woman

Originally published in French in Mercure de France, Paris:1975. 

The Arabic translation Misriya shown right was published in Cairo at Dar-el-Maaref in January 1997
A somewhat autobiographical novel about a Christian Coptic girl growing up in Cairo and  her  family  spanning the British occupation to the Arab Israeli War. 

To order in Arabic, click on the title Misriya on the right.
In Arabic     Price 3$

The Great House of Luxor 
 L'Harmattan, Paris April 1992
The Great House is in modern times a translation of the  Ancient Egyptian word  Pharaoh Per Aa.This Great House next to the temple of Luxor shelters in fact a famous Coptic Christian family whose descendant, a pacha of the time of King Farouk,  became very fond of  Egyptian art.
"Ahlam et les Eboueurs du Caire" editions de l'Hèbe (Ahlam and the Garbage Collectors of Cairo)

In her latest book, Fawzia Assaad documents with great accuracy, detail and precision the true story of the garbage collectors of Cairo. They gather and sort the garbage, and raise pigs. The reality of these marginal existences is portrayed in all its brutality. Soeur Emmanuelle discovers these poor people and rapidly perceives the industrial potential of introducing a compost plant. This initiates a highly successful developmental effort, sustained by the World Bank, governmental and non-governmental organizations, the National church, and the Egyptian and foreign bourgeoisie. The garbage collectors come to enjoy the benefits of education, water, electricity and proper accommodations. In a city stifling under an exploding population, the garbage collectors become aware of the ecological importance of their activities. Under the pretext of modernization, foreign contractors are brought in and threaten to deprive this tenuous community of the wealth it has forged from trash.
At the center of the book is the story of a woman called Ahlam. Her name means dreams. It expresses the aptitude these poor people have of blending a faith in miracles with an acceptance of the harsh reality.
Ahlam receives lavish attention from a dedicated group of women from the Egyptian Bourgeoisie, whose goal is to empower women through education and financial independence. Yet her life is a constant
struggle against poverty and tradition.

Hatshepsout, Femme Pharaon
Hatshepsout, a woman pharoh 

In French
shown left 
Price $23

Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner 2000  
Préface de Michel Butor

Les Préfigurations Egyptiennes de la Pensée de Nietzsche 
Egyptian Prefigurations of Nietzsche's Philosophy Switzerland, December 1986. 
In this work, the imagery of  Nietzsche's works and of Ancient Egyptian mythology are shown to be remarkably similar.

 in French Price 19$


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