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The Soul of Ancient Egypt

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Table of Contents

1 Living in Maat The Pharaonization of Egyptians 2 The Invasion of Isfet (Chaos) The Christianizing of Egyptians 3 God Lives in the Desert The Islamization of Egyptians--Part 1 4 The State Known as the Caliphate The Islamization of Egyptians--Part 2 5 Riding on a White Steed The Westernization of Egyptians 6 Forever Building Palaces The Colonization of Egyptians 7 A Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Egyptians The Pan-Arabization of Egyptians 8 The Fortress of Tahrir Square The Brotherhoodization of Egyptians 9 Finding Maat Again The Democratization of Egyptians Epilogue Appendix Salafism Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Egyptian-born Robert Bauval began studying Egyptology in 1983. The author of several books, including The Orion Mystery, Black Genesis, and Secret Chamber Revisited, he lives in Torremolinos, Spain. Ahmed Osman was born in Cairo in 1934 and is the author of several books, including Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion, Moses and Akhenaten, and, with Robert Bauval, Breaking the Mirror of Heaven. He lives in England.


"When you hear about a new book by Robert Bauval, you know you are in for a treat. Trying to understand how the ancient Egyptians viewed the world in which they existed has been a long-held goal of Egyptology. Bauval and Osman set out to reveal that golden thread of Egyptian religion and philosophy, as it winds its way through human history, long after the civilization of the pharaohs fell into ruin." * David Rohl, Egyptologist, former director of the Institute for the Study of Interdisciplinary Scienc * "The Soul of Ancient Egypt is extremely well written, easy to follow and thoroughly researched; however, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who was interested in the beliefs and spirituality of ancient Egypt. The first chapter provides a great crash course, but the book as a whole is focused on historical and political matters. Religion plays a role in this because Egypt is and has always been a religious nation, but the crux of this book is about the political and religious history of Egypt. A fascinating read, The Soul of Ancient Egypt would be excellent for anyone interested in history, specifically in the ways regions are shaped through religious politics, and the impact industrialism has on a country." * Spiral Nature * "Mr. Bauvel and Mr. Osman make sense of the complex multi-cultural history of Egypt and end their book with a sense of hope for the country--a rekindling of the ancient Egyptian soul." * New Dawn, Marc Star, March 2016 * "In a new collaboration following their book Breaking the Mirror of Heaven (20/01), Robert Bauval and Ahmed Osman, both Egyptian born, call for a return to the tenets that held ancient Egyptian civilization intact for 3,000 years. These were based on "living in maat", in spiritual harmony and physical balance with the heavens and Earth; it was a natural "religion" that reflected the rhythms above and below. The Nile was a barometer, its annual flooding heralded in the stars and fertilizing the land. Fast forward, and that sacred influence was impeded by the construction of dams and a lake; the fertility of the land fell into decline. The authors cover the rise of early Christianity and the Copts, the Islamization of Egypt in a Muslim caliphate in the seventh century, Napoleon's failed incursion, and colonization by foreign powers--with a fair few Egyptian rulers leading their country towards bankruptcy. They then examine the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and key events surrounding the rules of presidents from Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak to Morsi and el-Sisi. They point to the huge challenges that lie ahead with overpopulation, environmental degradation, social and cultural problems, and economic woes. But Bauval and Osman see a way beyond 2,000 years of suppression to restore the ancient balance between order and justice. They urge Egyptians to connect with their original soul identity and the golden legacy that's all around them." * Nexus, December 2015 * "A positively vital addition to the historical bookshelf. The authors have created a perfect review of the heart of Egypt, from its predynastic beginnings to its age of the pyramids and beyond to its changing times right now. Written from an educated, enlightening perspective by two men whose genuine passion for Egypt seems never ending." * Andrew Collins, author of Goebekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods *

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