Ahmed Shams El Din

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Dr AHMED SHAMS

 

BSc (Hons), PhD

Sessional Lecturer

MA-ICHM International Cultural Heritage ManagementDepartment of Archaeology, Durham University

 

Email

ahmed.shams@alumni.imtlucca.it

Website

http:/durham.academia.edu/ahmedshams/

 

RESEARCH

 

Interest

Mapping, mapmaking & geographical knowledge-making
Economic value of landscapes 
Landscape and water conventions, laws and politics
Landscape, archaeology, politics
Watershed management
Middle East & European frontiers and borderlands
Desert and mountain/highlands development 
Nomadism

Geo Focus

Sinai Peninsula, Levant, Oman, Alps

 

Recent Releases

JOURNAL PAPER:

Shams, A. 2016g. Mapping and mapmaking in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula: A review and the revival of the 19th century practices. Q. Palestine Exploration 148(3):188-210 (DOI: 10.1080/00310328.2016.1201738)

TALK: 

Nov. 2, 2017. (On) Geographical Knowledge and Mapmaking in Sinai Peninsula. Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES: 

Shams, A. November 2017b. A Swiss Photographic Journey: Egypt’s Landscapes from Alexander’s Desert Temple to Mount Sinai, and Beyond. In Boissonnas and Egypt, ed. O. Baddeley, London: Saint Catherine Foundation & Royal Geographical Society

 

Publications

 

Books

Shams, A. August 2011e. Eight years wandering in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula: a tale of two maps. Cairo, Sinai Peninsula Research 2000-2013 CE

 

Exhibition Catalogues

Shams, A. November 2017b. A Swiss Photographic Journey: Egypt’s Landscapes from Alexander’s Desert Temple to Mount Sinai, and Beyond. In Boissonnas and Egypt, ed. O. Baddeley, London: Saint Catherine Foundation & Royal Geographical Society
 

Journal Papers

Shams, A. December 2012c. Towards a quantification model: the accountability of the for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula. Int. J. Tourism Anthropology 2(3):185-212 (DOI: 10.1504/IJTA.2012.050758)
Shams, A. November 2014f. A rediscovered-new ‘Qanat’ system in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula, with Levantine reflections. J. Aid Environments 110: 69-74. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2014.06.006)
Shams, A. and U. Tappeiner. January 2015a. Semi-arid watershed management: the experimental farm and representative catchment of the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula. Int. J. of Water 9(1):1-27 (DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2015.067443)
Shams, A. 2016g. Mapping and mapmaking in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula: A review and the revival of the 19th century practices. Q. Palestine Exploration 148(3):188-210 (DOI: 10.1080/00310328.2016.1201738)

 

Conference Papers

Shams, A. June 2010b. Integrated cluster of centralized heritage-based nano-economies in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula. In Heritage 2010: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, ed. R. Amoêda, S. Lira and C. Pinheiro, 421-430, Barcelos: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development (Theme: Heritage & Economics)
Shams, A. April 2011b. Towards a quantification model: the impact of eco-cultural heritage-based mass tourism in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula. In Proceedings of Tourism in an Era of Uncertainty (ICOT 2011), ed. K. Andriotis and A. Theocharous, 672-683, Cyprus: International Association for Tourism Policy (Theme: Sustainability & Environment in Tourism)
Shams, A. June 2011c. Themes of traditional-modernized daily life of the Gebaliya tribe in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula. In Sharing Cultures 2011: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intangible Heritage, ed. R. Amoêda, S. Lira and C. Pinheiro, 585-594, Barcelos: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development (Theme: Social Practices)
Shams, A. July 2011d. The treasures of the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai: from the treasury of 6th century CE to the museum of 21st century CE. J. Predella 29: Online (Section: Museums)
Shams, A. B. Stoinschek and U. Tappeiner.  June 2012b. Heritage-based land use patterns in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula and the Alps: a neo socio-ecological perspective. In Heritage 2012: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, ed. R. Amoêda, S. Lira and C. Pinheiro, Barcelos: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development (Theme: Heritage & Environment)
Shams, A. In press.  July 2014d. Trans-border impacts on governance decentralisation and landscape in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula: review and alternatives. In Heritage 2014: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, ed. R. Amoêda, S. Lira and C. Pinheiro, Barcelos: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development (Theme: Heritage & Governance for Sustainability)

 

Book Reviews

Shams, A. June 2016e. Chambon, A. eds. Gaza from Sand and Sea: Art and History in the Jawdat al-Khoudary Collection, 2012. Pp. 204. Jerusalem: Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Française de Jerusalem. Q. Palestine Exploration 148(2):148-150

 

Abstracts

Shams, A. August 2011f. Dynamics of rural mobility in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula. In Programme Book: Royal Geographical Society ‘with IBG’ Annual International Conference (AC2011), ed., sections: 132 and 171, London: Royal Geographical Society (Themes: Rural Mobilities - Engaging with Rurality (Whilst) On the Move & Urban, Suburban and Rural Development)
Shams, A. October 2014e. Ancient Agriculture in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula in the light of the new-rediscovered 'Qanat' system. In The Qant: Archaeology and Environment, ed., Durham: Department of Archaeology
Shams, A. July 2015c. Mapping the vicinity of Mount Sinai: the representation of a sacerd landscape (whilst) on the move. In Portable Landscapes: Environments on the Move, ed., Durham: Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

 

Articles

Shams, A. January 2010a. El Freish retreatEternal Egypt (1):48-75
Shams, A. January 2012a. Twinned peaks: the ‘SinaiAlps project’M. Academia (57):24-25
Shams, A. February 19, 2014b. The nature of trekking in the Sinai mountainsDailyNewsEgypt
Shams, A. March 1, 2014c. Rugum: rescue plan for the Sinai mountainsDailyNewsEgypt
Shams, A. July 9, 2015b. The Sinai development syndromeAl-Ahram Weekly (1254)
Shams, A. January 14, 2016a. The Sinai development: From 1980s to 2000sAl-Ahram Weekly (1278)
Shams, A. February 18, 2016b. Sinai water: Towards a sustainable strategyAl-Ahram Weekly (1283)
Shams, A. March 17, 2016c. Sinai society: The Bedouin epicenterAl-Ahram Weekly (1287)
Shams, A. April 21, 2016d. Sinai economy: Timely questionsAl-Ahram Weekly (1292)
Shams, A. June 30, 2016f. Sinai governance: Lines and boundariesAl-Ahram Weekly (1302)
Shams, A. May 11, 2017a. From St. Catherine's to the NileAl-Ahram Weekly (1344)

 

Atlases & Maps

Shams. A. July 2013a. Pocket atlas of the Sinai Peninsula: discovering a historical landscape. Berlin, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group - epubli GmbH
Shams, A. January 2011a. Serabit el-Khadim regional map. Tur, South Sinai Regional Development Program, EU-Commission

 

Posters

Shams. A. January 2014a. Tales of the Frontier (TotF) ‘In the light of the inscription of the UNESCO transnational Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site (FREWHS)’. Liverpool, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool - Cultural Engagement Fund Showcase

 

Talks

Nov. 2, 2017. (On) Geographical Knowledge and Mapmaking in Sinai Peninsula. Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom
Feb. 1, 2017. The 150 Years Gap in Mapping and Mapmaking in Sinai Peninsula and the Middle East. Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (University College London - UCL) - Heritage Lottery Fund Event, London United Kingdom
Jun. 3, 2015. The Traditional Irrigation Channels and Local Water Reservoirs in the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula and the Alps: A Low Cost Water Supply System? EURAC European Research Academy, AlpEnv Institute for Alpine Environment, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.
Jun. 5, 2013. Comparative Landscape Dynamics at the Perimeter of the High Mountains of Sinai Peninsula: Late Chalcolithic-Early Bronze Age New Sites Revealed. Archaeology Research Seminar 2012-2013, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom.
Nov. 29, 2011. SinaiAlps Project. EURAC European Research Academy, AlpEnv Institute for Alpine Environment, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.

 

Exhibitions & Catalogues

Nov. 2-30, 2017. Royal Geographical Society & Saint Catherine Foundation Boissonnas in Egypt, London, United Kingdom (provided and contributed to the attribution and description of the exhibitions entries)
Nov. 2015 - Apr. 2016. Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) Maps of the “Ordnance Survey of the Peninsula of Sinai” and “Jennings Bramly”, London, United Kingdom (catalogued and attributed the 19th and 20th centuries maps of the British Royal Engineers and the Frontier Districts Administration (FDA) )