Organized by Dr. Mohamed Esa
March 2011
Click here to download the Tentative Itinerary

This is a study tour of Egypt, the birthplace of one of the oldest and greatestcivilizations ever known. Today, it is also the largest and most important nation in the Arab World. In the last 7 millennia, Egypt was ruled by the Pharaohs, Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Turks, and Europeans, and they all left their mark on its history and culture. The students will explore Egypt's past, the legacy of the Pharaohs by visiting and learning about the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza by Cairo, the Step Pyramid in Sakkara, the valley of the kings with its many temples in Luxor and the great Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel. However, we will also learn about the Islamic legacy of Egypt by visiting some of the mosques in Cairo, the Citadel of Saladin, the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali, as well as witness and experience a Muslim service on Friday in Al-Azhar mosque, home to the oldest existing university in the world. We will also visit an ancient synagogue and the 7th century Coptic Church, known as the Hanging Church. In addition, students will learn about the history of the modern Egyptian state, the socio-political system in Egypt, and current developments in the Middle East. One other highlight of this trip is experiencing Egyptian culture first hand.

Click here to view the two films that were produced by students who participated in the March 2007 Egypt trip.