Egypt

Arabian nights

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Recall the media coverage at the height of the Jimmy Savile scandal, times it by about a thousand, and you…

King of heavy metal Bruce Dickinson at Madison Square Gardens in 1983

Meet the fans who risk death for heavy metal

14 May 2016 9:00 am

With its loud guitar riffs and even louder fashion, heavy metal has always been ripe for ridicule. In its mid-1980s…

Egypt on its knees: Friday prayers in Tahrir Square

For Egypt, a bitter winter has followed the Arab spring

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Jack Shenker is a throwback to an older, more romantic age when foreign correspondents were angry, partisan and half-crazed with…

'Lion Hunt', 1861, by Eugène Delacroix

Galleries are getting bigger - but is there enough good art to put in them?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Until a decade and a half ago, we had no national museum of modern art at all. Indeed, the stuff…

Islamic State is making its threats a reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

When the creation of a new caliphate was announced last year, who but the small band of his followers took…

Standing figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD and Seated figure of the ancient Egyptian god Horus, wearing Roman military costume, 1st–2nd century AD

Egypt: where gods are born and go to die

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Over the stupefyingly long course of Egyptian history, gods have been born and they have died. Some 4,000 years ago,…

Brothels, hashish, a poisonous scorpion, a cursed necklace: all excuses for macho antics in the Valley of the Kings

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Gore Vidal has form as a crime writer. In the early 1950s, when his sympathetic literary treatment of homosexuality had…

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Egypt’s revolution of 2011 didn’t just get rid of President Mubarak: it did a pretty good job of clearing out…

Portrait of the week

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Home MPs voted by 382 to 128 to make Britain the only country to allow genetic modification of embryos to…

Why BBC Arabic is booming

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Last weekend BBC Arabic celebrated 77 years since John Reith (as he then was) launched the first foreign-language service of…

How to save Islam from the Islamists

17 January 2015 9:00 am

The terror attack in Paris last week represents Islamism’s most explicit declaration of war on free society. Non-Muslims were slaughtered…

Why does Isis slay hostages? To cover up the fact that it’s losing

10 January 2015 9:00 am

At this point in the war between the jihadist group known as the Islamic State and a US-led international coalition,…

In Gaza, the siege mentality is helping Hamas

19 July 2014 9:00 am

  Gaza The main entrance to Al-Shifa Hospital was crowded with what seemed to be journalists. This wasn’t unusual. They…

How the Westminster hawk became an endangered species

21 June 2014 9:00 am

There is a slight whiff of the summer of 1914 to Westminster at the moment. The garden party season is…

Portrait of the week

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, responded to the triumph of the UK Independence Party in the European elections (which…

If we have to let generals run Egypt, must we pay for them, too?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The polls have closed, and the result was never in doubt. With a whopping majority, Egyptians have chosen Field Marshal…

Portrait of the week

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that inheritance tax ‘shouldn’t be paid by people who’ve worked hard and saved…

Is Hamas finally losing its grip on Gaza?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

 Gaza City Tattered green Hamas flags still flap above the streets in central Gaza and posters of its martyrs hang…

If Ukraine’s protests were a revolution, why wasn’t the Stop the War march?

1 March 2014 9:00 am

It’s ages since I last went on a decent demo and had a bit of a dust-up with the pigs.…

Portrait of the week

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Home Britain’s gross domestic product grew by 1.9 per cent last year, the most since 2007, according to the Office…

From Nasser to Mubarak — Egypt's modern pharaohs and their phoney myths

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Reporting Egypt’s revolution three years ago, I had a sense of history not so much repeating itself as discharging sparks…

Portrait of the week

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that English local authorities would be allowed to receive all the business rates…

The only people thriving in post-revolution Egypt — tomb raiders

9 November 2013 9:00 am

 Cairo Hook nose, blue chin, Arab headdress: the tomb robber resembled a villain from a Tintin comic. His friend was…

Aidan Hartley: I have been shot at and bombed so why do I fear a pyramid?

21 September 2013 9:00 am

It was towards dusk by the time we had given the tourist police the slip and started climbing the pyramid…

Ancient and modern: Modern Egypt vs ancient Athens

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Whatever problems Greeks and Romans faced, a politicised priesthood was not one of them. They might have made three observations…