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Country briefing: Egypt


News reports and articles

Latest news from Egypt

Blog posts about Egypt by Brian Whitaker

Other articles about Egypt by Brian Whitaker

Online news sources for Egypt

Basic information

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Egypt: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Egypt

BBC country profile - Egypt

Maps of Egypt 

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Egyptian pound (EGP)

National flag of Egypt

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page). See also 1960-79 national anthem. 

Languages of Egypt
Ethnologue Database

Historical and political texts relating to Egypt

Egyptian proverbs


Constitutional background 

Constitution, 2014 

Draft constitution, 2013 

Constitution, 2012 

Constitutional declaration, 2011

List of government ministers (CIA)

The political system (State Information Service)

Human rights reports  

Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria
by Laurie Brand, 2014

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

History of Egypt (Wikipedia)


US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

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

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

Electricity, plugs and sockets 

The national airline

The Rough Guide to Egypt
by Dan Richardson

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World Bank: Egypt 
Comprehensive economic data

Egypt and the IMF

Economic news and data (zawya.com)

Egyptian equities market  
Latest prices [zawya.com]

Oil, gas, and electricity


In the Egypt section


Books from Amazon

The Yacoubian Building
a novel by Alaa Al Aswany

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Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt
by Tarek Masoud, 2014
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Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt 
by Lila Abu-Lughod, 2004
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Last revised on 21 December, 2014