Ph.D. Harvard University, 1994
Islamic Art & Architecture
Egyptian
 



Professional Experience


1) The American University in Cairo (AUC) (1990 - 2011)

• Worked as Assistant (Part Time) Professor (1990 - 1997) – During that period, I taught graduate and undergraduate courses on Islamic Art and Architecture of Cairo, Greater Syria, North Africa, India and the Ottoman World.
• Being a specialist on Mamluk Architecture, I read, corrected and monitored several MA theses.
• I have continuously been asked to lecture to special visiting programs at the AUC, on Egyptology as well as, on Islamic art, architecture, history, culture and religion, in addition to the history and politics of modern Egypt (1990 - 2011).

 

2) The Bayt al-Suhaymi Restoration Project (1992 - 2000)

• Being interested in the preservation of Egypt's cultural heritage, I acted as the Assistant Director of the restoration project of the 17th century house of Bayt al-Suhaymi, located in the Gamaliyya Quarter of Historic Cairo, that was directed by the late Folklorist Dr. Asaad Nadim.
• After the expansion of the Suhaymi Project to being an area restoration (rather than a single monument) to include 3 additional monuments neighboring the house of Bayt al-Suhaymi, along the alley of Harat al-Darb al-Asfar, where it is located, I became responsible for the historical and photographical documentation of the project.
• My involvement with the project never stopped after the project was completed. I became responsible of the Suhaymi Archives located at the NADIM office, across from the house/museum of Bayt al-Suhaymi, from which a new publication on the project is now in process (2011).
 


3) The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) (2004 - 2011)

• Educating people has always been my passion. It was the reason why I wanted to educate more of a general public, as well as academics. At ARCE, I have lectured over the last few years, for the "Special Lectures' Series", which are scheduled twice a year. Each series varies between 3 to 5 lectures. The choice of the lecture topics are mine and are on various subjects related to the history, art, architecture and culture of Egypt in addition to Arab context; ancient & modern (2005 - 2011)
• I pursued the same concept of educating the general public, by leading / guiding walking tours for ARCE's members, known as their "Walking Tours of Islamic Cairo, off the beaten tracks", which became very popular over the years.
• The annual educational program of ARCE's "U.S. State Department Language Programs in Egypt" has engaged me to cover its cultural components (2005 - 2010).
 


4) The Field of Tourism


• As a child, I grew up in an environment of Egyptologists and Egyptology. I studied Egyptology at the university and got my B.sc in tour guiding. Later I obtained an MA and then a Ph.D. in Islamic Art and Architecture. These degrees enabled me to work as a free-lancer in tourism; tour guiding, lecturing, tour managing and tour operations (1979 – 2011).
• Throughout my career of 33 years, I have always aimed at promoting cultural tour programs in Egypt, which allowed me to travel to almost every historical and archaeological site in Egypt, which enriched my fascination with Egyptian cultures.
• I managed to use my knowledge on Islamic history, art and architecture, in trying to expand my destinations by promoting cultural programs in the Middle East and Arab World. Therefore, I worked as "Study Leader / Guest Lecturer" on numerous programs, in countries like: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain, Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey (1994 - 2011). During that time, I managed to visit almost every historical site as well as, every museum in those countries.
• Since I was a teen-ager, I have been interested in the cultural diversity and heritage of Egypt as well as, the Near East. I therefore, enhanced my knowledge in lecturing on the various subjects related to: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, the Ancient Greek, Roman & Byzantine worlds, as well as, the Islamic; Tulunid, Fatimid, Crusader, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman periods, in addition to the recent / contemporary history of the Modern Middle East (1994 - 2011)
• Over the years, I have had a life-long relationship with some top-notch and most prestigious institutions in the United States, who have continuously employed me to develop and lead their cultural programs in Egypt, the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Some of these institutions are as follows: - Stanford Alumni Association – Travel / Study Programs (1985 - 2011)

- Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) (1997 - 2010)
- Association of Yale Alumni (2005 - 2011)
- Princeton Alumni Association (2005 - 2011)
- Harvard University Alumni Association Programs in Egypt (1998 - 2010)
- American University of Natural History (AMNH) (1990 - 2007)
- Crow Canyon Foundation (1998 - 2010)
- Field Museum of Natural History / Chicago (1997 - 2010)
- Santa Barbara Museum of Arts (2000 - 2007)
- The Art Institute of Chicago (1993 - 2003)
- Virginia Museum of Arts (1993 - 1998)
- National Trust Foundation (1999 - 2001)
- Washington & Lee University (Lexington, Virginia) (2005 – 2011)
 


5) Public Lectures and Seminars


• Invited at a seminar on Islamic Cairo, Louvain University (2009) – the seminar was focused on the Tulunid and Mamluk period in Egypt.
• At the inauguration of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha / Qatar (2008), I was invited to lecture on the architecture of the museum as it was designed by the world-wide known architect I. M. Pei, who was inspired by the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo, which was the subject of my Ph.D. thesis at Harvard University.
• Seminar on Egypt at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, Virginia), I was invited as leading lecturer for a period of 3 days (2005).
• At the Educational Travel Conference (ETC) in Washington, I was invited to lecture on the importance of the role of the guide in educational travel (2004).
• Lectured at the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya / Kuwait (2003).
• "Round-Table Discussion" with her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands, I was invited to discuss problems that face the preservation of the "Islamic" cultural heritage of Egypt (1997).
• Invited to lecture at Stanford Alumni Association (1985 & 2000)
• Frequently lecturing at the cultural institutions in Cairo