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Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt

Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.
ISBN: 978-1-55587-229-8
2000/300 pages/LC: 99-33550
7 x 10-inch format

"Scholars of modern Egypt owe a debt of gratitude to Goldschmidt for his labors, and even those new to the history of Egypt will find this book an indispensable guide to the leading personalities of the country's modern era."—Michael J. Reimer, Digest of Middle East Studies

"Goldschmidt's biographical dictionary will stand as an excellent reference tool for students of recent Egyptian history."—Michael T. Thornhill, MESA Bulletin

"This is a definitive reference work."—Zev Garber, American Reference Books Annual

"[Goldschmidt] has created a working model for future biographical volumes."—Choice

"This is a remarkable—and remarkably usefu——scholarly achievement....Spanning politics, economics, religious affairs, and cultural life, thorough but lively biographical entries comprise a unique and important addition to Western-language scholarship on Egypt; and the bibliographical material is equally impressive in range."—James Jankowski


Scholars and writers often encounter problems when conducting research on Asian and African countries because of the scarcity or inaccessibility of information about the lives of significant historical figures. Responding to that lacunae in the coverage of Egypt, this desk reference provides biodata, biographical sketches, and source material for approximately five hundred men and women who have played a major role in Egypt's national life.


  • covers the period from 1760 to the present
  • includes not only Egyptians, but also others who played an important part in the national life of Egypt
  • approximately 500 entries
  • includes bibliographic references for each entry
  • fully indexed


Arthur Goldschmidt professor emeritus of Middle East history at Pennsylvania State University. His publications include Modern Egypt: The Formation of a Nation-State, A Historical Dictionary of Egypt, and A Concise History of the Middle East (now in its seventh edition).
No rights in Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen