Walking Tour of Petra
Led by Ahmed Seddik
Friday, 4 April 2014
Seddik walks you back in time in to a 2000 years old city set in stone, a lost jewel in the bleak barren Arabian desert.
Learn about the startling engineering genius behind the sophisticated structure of Al-Khazna!
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Witty and enthusiastic.
Arguto e pieno d’entusiasmo.
In Ahmed we found not only an amazing producer, but a great resource for all things Egypt. His offhand knowledge of Egyptian history, of
pharaohs and antiquities, of hieroglyphics and pyramids is astounding. He can quote ancient Egyptian texts from memory. In many ways he was our tour guide and history professor on top of everything else.
Erin Lyall George
The CBS Evening News
He is also particularly good at turning dry facts into fascinating anecdotes and was often able to entertain and educate us with
interesting stories about Egypt’s history. He is obviously passionate about the country, its history and culture.
BBC World Service
His language skills, especially his knowledge of English, are absolutely first class and he has an ability to express himself in a manner that many native English speakers would find difficult to improve upon.
“You are a student of the finer point of the English language.”
Hugh Sykes, BBC, the World at One
My aim was to take a break with a cultural and historic character. And having Egyptologist and tour guide Ahmed Seddik as my companion made my adventure unforgettable.
Amira El-Naqeeb, Travel Writer
The Digger Who Can Figure:
“His name is Ahmed Seddik and he is the most delightful, smart and funny person you can imagine. He loves languages and speaks incredible English. He talked continuously without notes of any kind during our tours of the temples at Saqqara, the Pyramids and tombs in Giza, Islamic Cairo, and the City of the Dead—not just providing fascinating and encyclopedic information, both historic and modern,
but peppering his monologue with puns and alliteration.”
“Ahmed Seddik is the brightest Egyptian I have met since I came to Egypt. I have found his Egyptological knowledge prodigious.”
Professor Jerry Leach
Ahmed Seddik worked with me as a discussant on the translation of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq’s monumental mid-nineteenth-century work al-Saq ‘ala l-saq (Leg over Leg) during 2012 and 2013, a work widely considered among the most linguistically challenging of Arabic texts in view of its use of little-known words, word-play and puns, and complex grammar. I reviewed and discussed in depth with Ahmed most of the cruxes of the text and benefited enormously from his in-put. His knowledge of Arabic grammar, verse, and the Quran is encyclopedic and his ability to untangle the contortions imposed from time to time on the language of the book by the constraints of verse and rhymed prose proved to be prodigious. Ahmed’s love of language in general and the Arabic language in particular made him the ideal partner in an enterprise of such a daunting nature. I can recommend him unreservedly to anyone involved in scholarly work involving the Arabic language arts.
22 November 2013
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