Country briefing: Egypt

News reports and articles

Latest news about Egypt
A compilation from multiple sources

Brian Whitaker's blog posts and other articles about Egypt

Online news sources for Egypt


Basic information

CIA World Factbook
The geography, people, government and economy of Egypt

BBC country profile
Essential facts, plus politics, media and key dates in Egypt's history

Local time

Local weather

Maps of Egypt
(University of Texas)

Currency converter
Egyptian pound (EGP)

National anthem
Audio, lyrics and sheet music

More about the Egyptian flag


History and politics

Egypt timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Constitutional background

Constitution, 2014

Draft constitution, 2013

Constitution, 2012

Constitutional declaration, 2011

List of government ministers (CIA)

The political system (State Information Service)

International Crisis Group
Recent reports about Egypt

Documents
Historical and political texts relating to Egypt


Travel

US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet
Online tourist guide to Egypt. Also guide to Cairo

Cairo
A guide to the city's architecture, landmarks, character, people and problems, by Samir Raafat (egy.com)

Electricity, plugs and sockets

Egyptair
The national airline


Economy

World Bank: Egypt
Comprehensive economic data

Egypt and the IMF

Water and agriculture in Egypt
FAO country profile


Egypt: further reading

The Egyptians: A Radical Story 
by Jack Shenker, 2016. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Yacoubian Building
A novel by Alaa Al Aswany. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt
by Tarek Masoud, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt
by Lila Abu-Lughod, 2004. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria
by Laurie Brand, 2014. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Rough Guide to Egypt
by Dan Richardson. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Tahrir - The Last 18 Days of Mubarak: An Insider's Account of the Uprising in Egypt
Abdel Latif El Menaway and Michael Binyon, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Transformations in Egyptian Journalism: Media and the Arab Uprisings
Naomi Sakr, 2013. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Rising from Tahrir
Hoda Rashad, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Egypt's Tahrir Revolution
Dan Tschirgi, Walid Kazziha and Sean Mcmahon, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation
Ashraf Khalil, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Karama! Journeys through the Arab Spring
Johnny West, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk [Also includes Libya and Tunisia]

The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt
Jeannie Sowers and Chris Toensing, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square
Steven Cook, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Messages from Tahrir: Signs from Egypt's Revolution
Karima Khalil, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

The Road to Tahrir Square: Egypt and the United States from the Rise of Nasser to the Fall of Mubarak
Lloyd Gardner, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Tweets From Tahrir
Alex Nunns, Nadia Idle and Aaron Zenz, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak, 1981-2011
Galal Amin, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

On the State of Egypt: A Novelist's Provocative Reflections
Alaa al Aswany and Jonathan Wright, 2011. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk