Suggested Books

We selected some books which we think are useful or interesting for people planning a visit in the region. If you buy a book from Amazon through our link, you are financially supporting our work. If you can suggest any other titles you think are worth to add, please contact us. We appriciate both.

Lonely Planet Code Green: Experiences of a LifetimeKerry Lorimer

“CODE GREEN: EXPERIENCES OF A LIFETIME outlines over eighty journeys which have positive impacts on the environment, culture and economy of the destination. As such the concept and presentation moves beyond the ‘how I can enjoy’ theme to ‘how I can contribute through my enjoyment’: chapters document experiences which have minimal tourist impact on the destination yet don’t involve hardships on the traveler. From saving birds to visiting a living longhouse in Borneo, a continent-wide organization allows for easy location of areas of special interest. Sidebars of conservation information accompany color photos and personal accounts by travelers and guides alike.”

Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch

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Ethical Travel GuidePolly Pattullo

The essential resource for responsible global travel. Extensive directory lists places to visit and stay in over 60 countries and other useful resources. For anyone interested in ethical and sustainable tourism – ‘because tourism should always benefit local people’. There is something for every taste and budget.

If you’re tired of Tourist Traps and Guilt Trips, or just want to have a positive impact on local people and their environment, this book is for you. Find hundreds of new ideas for your next holiday and visit amazing communities not listed in other guidebooks.

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Let’s Go: Middle East“The grand-daddy of budget guides”

The New York Times

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Lonely Planet Middle EastAnthony Ham, Andrew Burke
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The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth CenturyRoss E. Dunn

“A successful, scholarly, readable attempt to retell [Ibn Battuta’s] story to a wider audience.”

Eric Newby, New York Times Book Review

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The Rough Guide to EgyptDan Richardson, Daniel Jacobs, Michael Kohn, Michael Ackroyd, Ros Ford

The Rough Guide to Egypt is the ultimate guide to this fascinating country. The guide opens with a 24-page, full-colour section introducing Egypt?s highlights, including in-depth accounts of all the top sites, from the pyramids at Giza to the incredible tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The main heart of the guide includes detailed, insider listings on where to find the tastiest food and the best places to stay, whether you?re on a budget or travelling in style. There is plenty of practical advice on a host of outdoor pursuits, including diving in the Red Sea to camel-trekking in the Western desert. The guide also includes thorough and informed commentary on Egypt?s history and contemporary culture, as well as detailed maps and plans for every region.

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Journey through Arabia Petra, to Mount Sinai, and the Excavated City of Petra, the Edom of the PropheciesLéon de Laborde

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1838 edition by John Murray, London. Second edition.

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A Grammar of the Bedouin Dialects of the Northern Sinai Littoral: Bridging the Linguistic Gap Between the Eastern and Western Arab WorldRudolf Erik De Jong

Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik

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The Suez-Sinai Crisis 1956, Retrospective and ReappraisalS.I. Troen

A comprehensive and balanced volume which juxtaposes the views of statesmen with those of military leaders that fought the war.

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SINAI AND THE RED SEAWolfgang & Rosel Jahn

This beautifully written and illustrated book evokes the expanse of a unique landscape stretching from the mystic loneliness of the desert to the fabulous magnificence of the coral reefs. The variety of visual impressions compliment an informative text that invites the reader to follow in the author’s footsteps. 9 1/2 x 12 1/2, 125 color illustrations.

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Israel and Sinai Ak 24 (Road Map)Freytag

A roadmap to Israel and the Sinai in German, English, French and Italian

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The Alps of Arabia: Travels in Egypt, Sinai, Arabia and the Holy LandWilliam Charles Maughan

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1875 edition by Henry S. King & Co., London.

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The Comparative Geography of Palestine and the Sinaitic PeninsulaCarl Ritter

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1866 edition by T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh.

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The Sinai: A Physical GeographyNed Greenwood

One of the world’s oldest crossroads, the Sinai joins the great continental land masses of Africa and Eurasia. Its physical geography of rugged mountain peaks, desert plains, and sea coasts was formed by the collision of the two continental plates, while the human tides that have swept across the region over millennia have left an intricate web of cultures and ethnicities. In this book, Ned Greenwood offers a complete, up-to-date physical geography of Sinai. After an introductory chapter that situates Sinai within world history and geography, he focuses in detail on the following areas: plate tectonics and geology, geomorphology and drainage, weather and climate, soils, and biogeography. In the concluding chapter, Greenwood considers the human geography of Sinai, including the pressures currently posed by population growth, political extremism, and environmental constrictions on development. He offers a fully rounded picture of the physical environment of Sinai that will be vital reading for everyone concerned about the future of this strategic yet fragile land.

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The Desert of Sinai: Notes of a Spring-journey from Cairo to BeershebaHoratius Bonar

This Elibron Classics edition is a facsimile reprint of a 1857 edition by James Nisbet and Co., London.

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This book represents the first scholarly examination of the origins of the 1956 Sinai campaign between Egypt and Israel. Utilising a wide range of primary sources, the study analyses the reasons for the breakdown of the Armistice Agreement between Egypt and Israel and the failure of efforts to mediate a peace accord.

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The Holy Land: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Israel, Jordan and the SinaiG. S. P. Freeman-Grenville

Designed for the Christian visitor to Israel, this extensively researched guide is invaluable as a record of Christian influence on the landscape of Israel. Its ten itineraries cover routes as diverse as Bethlehem, Hebron and Qumran, and allow for day trips across the border into Jordan and the Sinai. Packed full of just about everything a visitor could wish to know: a detailed description of each location’s history, points of interest to visit at each site, and advice on how to travel from place to place.

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Fodor’s Egypt: The Complete Guide to Cairo, Ancient Wonders, the Red Sea, Sinai, and Desert OasesFodor

“Fodor’s Pockeet Egypt, 1999 is a perfect travel companion for the first time visitor as well as return travelers. The illustrations, maps, critical advice and information about going to the middle east is easily understood and helpful. I actually felt much more comfortable going on my trip after reading Fodor’s detailed guide on customs, food, cultural differences, hotels, and tour information. It helped me plan the timing in Cairo, Luxor, and especially venturing south to less traveled areas. Fodor also helped prepared me for the costs of the tours, times to go on excursions as well as food and lodging. “This book was my little bible” while touring this country full of history. I teach the 6th grade. My social studies curriculum “came to life” with Fodor’s help while exploring the splendors of “Egypt”!”

Marsha Gruenemeier (United States)


Sinai StrategyGary North

This is Part Two of Gary North’s commentary on Exodus. It is a discussion of the Ten Commandments from the point of view of economic theory. Gary’s discussion of the sabbath in this book supersedes everything he has written in the past, and nobody who wants to deal with the sabbath issue can afford to ignore the questions he raises in this book. So far, there has been no detailed response from strict sabbatarians, although the book was published in 1986.

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Bedouin Poetry: From Sinai and the NegevDr Clinton Bailey

This book presents 113 poems, which reflect attitudes of the bedouin, a desert-dwelling, non-literate tribe, to a variety of personal, social and political experiences. Each poem is translated into English with an introduction describing its setting and with notes that clarify the cultural, linguistic and historical background. The poems are also presented in Arabic script and in phonemic transliteration. They are arranged according to their purpose: poems of expression, communication, instruction and entertainment, and poems reflecting the bedouin response to Turkish, British, Egyptian, and Israeli rulers from 1882 to 1982. About the Author Dr Clinton Bailey has lived among the Bedouin tribes in Sinai and the Negev for many years, has lectured on Bedouin culture and history at various universities, and is a founder of the Museum of Bedouin Culture in the Negev.

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God at SinaiJeffrey J. Niehaus

The basis of all biblical study is that God has revealed himself, not only through the Word, but in various ways in various times and places. These self-disclosures are called theophanies. The pivotal theophany in Old Testament times was God’s revelation to Moses on Mount Sinai. So significant is this theophany in terms of God’s covenant with his people and his progressive revelation that author Jeffrey J. Niehaus justifiably employs the term “Sinai theology” to convey his theme. This book explores the meaning of this theophany throughout the Old Testament — pre-Sinai, post-Sinai (especially the prophets), and the Psalms — and its significance for the New Testament. It also examines parallels in ancient Near Eastern traditions.

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Yom Kippur War 1973: The Sinai (Campaign 126)Simon Dunstan, Kevin Lyles (Illustrator)

Israel’s victory in the 1967 “Six Day War” sowed the seeds of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. At 1400hrs on 6 October 1973 the Egyptian army launched an assault crossing of the Suez Canal. The carefully co-ordinated attack achieved complete tactical surprise. The sand embankments of the Israeli Bar-Lev Line were breached and an Israeli counterattack thrown back with heavy losses. In the second of his two-volume analysis of the Yom Kippur War, Simon Dunstan details the fighting in the Sinai, culminating in Operation Gazelle, the Israeli counterattack across the Suez Canal. Although defeated militarily Egypt did ultimately succeed in forcing the Israelis back to the negotiating table.

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The Treasures of the Monastery of Saint CatherineCorinna Rossi, Archbishop Damianos Of Sinai (Foreword), Araldo De Luca (Photographer)

“Dating back to 324 AD, when a community of monks requested a chapel to be built on the spot where they believed the Burning Bush had stood, the monastery of St. Catherine has remained an oasis of peace for centuries. Today, it is a place of international pilgrimage, housing the most extensive collection of Greek Orthodox icons in the world. Granted unprecedented access to this holy site, photographer Araldo De Luca and author Corinna Rossi take readers inside the walls of this sacred place, revealing its peerless artistic, historical, and religious legacy through superb photographs and an authoritative text that incorporates the most recent research and discoveries. Presented in a handsome slipcase and featuring a preface by Archbishop Damianos of Sinai, the archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church, this is a book to be cherished by art lovers and anyone interested in our historical and religious heritage.”

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The Life Of St. Katherine Of AlexandriaJohn Capgrave, Carl Horstmann (Editor)

1893. With forewords by F.J. Furnivall. Capgrave, learned traveler and friar of Lynn in Norfolk, was an indefatigable student, and reputed to be the best known man of letters of his time. His reputation came from the greater part of his works which are theological: sermons, commentaries and lives of saints. John Capgrave’s life of Saint Katherine of Alexandria belongs to the most popular genre of medieval narrative: hagiography, or writings about the saints. It tells the story of Katherine of Alexandria who portrays a young woman in Egypt in the early fourth century, and when required to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods, protesting to the Emperor Maxentius that he cease his idolatry and persecution of the Christians, and turn instead to the one true God. His version of Katherine’s story is counted among the richest in the genre. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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The Bedouin of Cyrenaica: Studies in Personal and Corporate PowerEmrys L. Peters

Emrys Peters studied the Bedouin of Libya for more than thirty years. The handful of articles published during his lifetime were widely admired and are still essential reading for anthropologists. He left further significant papers unpublished at his death, and the editors have drawn on these for half of this collection, which brings together his major writings on the Bedouin. These seminal essays are not only of ethnographic interest. All Peters’ work is informed by a rigorous theoretical intelligence, and his analysis of power in Bedouin society has fascinated many discerning social scientists. “‘… a welcome and significant addition to Cambridge University’s excellent series on social and cultural anthropology … The book is a great contribution not only to studies on pastoralist Bedouin societies but to contemporary social anthropology at large. … one of the most insightful anthropological readings on Bedouin society, exhibiting both intimate knowledge and superb analysis.”


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SinaiMursi Saadeldin

“The six essays contained in the book are each written by different scholars. The writers highlight in turn the wonderous history of their particular subject area. Morsi Saad el-Din discusses the splendor, the beauty of Sinai; Gamal Mokhtar, its history; Fouad Iskandar, the topography of the land and its environmental conditions; Gawdat Gabra, its religion and heritage; Samir Sobhi, the desert; and Ayman Taher, the underwater world. Beautiful photographs by Ayman Taher and Luciano Romano accompany each essay. This great coffee-table book brings to light a little-known part of Egypt : the Sinai.”

Francesca Jourdan (Montreal, Canada)

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Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai,Egypt: A Photographic EssayHelen C. Evans

“This is an excellent photographic essay on the monastery – a must-have to remind you of an exciting visit or to prompt you into visiting Sinai very soon. Both the photographs and the essay are of first class standard. And of course the author and photographer had access to parts not available to ordinary visitors which makes the book even more valuable. As a constant reminder of a once-in-a-life-time adventure I cannot recommend it enough.”

P. Crane (New Zealand)

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Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic PhrasebookSiona Jenkins

Whether traversing the Nile or exploring Cairo?s labyrinthine alleyways, delve beneath the surface and discover the intriguing language and culture of Egypt. Confidently converse in Egyptian Arabic and ensure you don?t miss out on the friendliness and humour for which Egyptians are famous. Enhance your travels through this enticing country! ? key to deciphering hieroglyphs ? essential phrases for sightseeing, architecture & bargaining ? comprehensive sections on diving, trekking & sport ? everything from smoking a sheesha to sha’bi music ? mouthwatering range of traditional cuisine ? easy pronunciation throughout ? cultural tips & essential etiquette Language Notes Text: English, Arabic

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Lonely Planet EgyptVirginia Maxwell

“This book was recommended by the Egyptian agency which was helping us plan an independent tour. I quickly saw why. It is a concise, practical guide, giving down-to-earth accessible information. The general introduction to the history, geography, economy, and culture of Egypt, while only about 30 pages long, provides an appropriate starting point for a visitor along with a 3 page list of recommended readings for travelers who want or need more in-depth information (Susan Wilson’s “Culture Shock! Egypt” would be a useful addition to the list). The brief overview of temple/tomb architecture and of the gods/goddesses (with handy line drawings) was especially helpful when fatigue led to information blur later in the trip. The “Facts for the Visitor” section was indispensible as it provided basic information on everything from visas to money to toilets. The metric conversion table inside the back cover was a blessing! The advice for women travelers and for traveling with children was especially helpful for us (a party of 2 women/2 young teens). The cautions perhaps encouraged us to be too guarded at first, but they also allowed us to gradually relax into our comfort zone with very few unpleasantries. The actual guide to places, sites, and activities suited our needs well. The maps provided were clear and helpful; the descriptions, histories, and commentaries of the various sites and locations interesting. The amount of information provided was quite appropriate (one, after all, has to be able to carry the book conveniently about).”

Dr. Susan Z. Swan (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Veiled SentimentsLila Abu-Lughod

“A fascinating, fresh interpretation of the mechanics of the twin codes of Bedouin behavior: the ‘code of honor’ against which ‘real men’ are tested and the ‘code of modesty’ which [Abu-Lughod] sees as a means for those falling short of ‘real manhood,’ whether men or women, to attain moral worth. The argument is compelling–it makes sense of honor killings, the veiling of women and a seemingly excessive sexual modesty. There is a certain excitement here, as the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.”

Inea Bushnaq, New York Times Book Review

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A Culture of Desert SurvivalClinton Bailey

“Gathered over 30 years by author Bailey (Bedouin Poetry), these one-line adages reflect the communal knowledge accumulated by Bedouins over centuries of nomadic living. From camel care to the art of hospitality, the proverbs were screened for their authenticity; Bailey omitted any that appear to come from non-Bedouin (i.e. sedentary Arabs) sources, including those whose logic goes contrary to desert life. The proverbs are translated by Bailey from the Arabic and are accompanied by illuminating explanations on their meaning, context and usage. He organizes the book into nine chapters, three of which, in a culture without ready access to such settled and permanent institutions as schools and courthouses, focus on laws and social strictures. The foreword by Yale historian Hallo links the proverbs and proverb usage back to Biblical times and even earlier to the Egyptians, the Hebrews, the Sumerians and other ancient desert cultures. He thus obliquely establishes the relevance of Bedouin culture to Western culture, since many Westerners still follow that desert book of knowledge, the Bible.”

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