By Nezar AlSayyad

From its earliest days as a royal payment fronting the pyramids of Giza to its present manifestation because the biggest city in Africa, Cairo has endlessly captured the city pulse of the center East. In Cairo: Histories of a City, Nezar AlSayyad narrates the numerous Cairos that experience existed all through time, delivering a breathtaking view of the city’s heritage unequalled in temporal and geographic scope, via an in-depth exam of its structure and concrete form.

In twelve vignettes, followed by means of drawings, pictures, and maps, AlSayyad information the shifts in Cairo’s outfitted surroundings via tales of vital figures who marked the cityscape with their own goals and their political ideologies. town is visually reconstructed and taken to lifestyles not just as a actual cloth but in addition as a social and political order—a urban equipped inside of, upon, and over, leading to a present-day richly layered city atmosphere. every one bankruptcy makes an attempt to catch a defining second within the lifestyles trajectory of a urban enjoyed for all of its evocations and contradictions. all through, AlSayyad illuminates not just the areas that make up Cairo but additionally the figures that formed them, together with its chroniclers, from Herodotus to Mahfouz, who recorded the deeds of serious and usual Cairenes alike. He can pay specific awareness to how the imperatives of Egypt's numerous rulers and regimes—from the pharaohs to Sadat and beyond—have inscribed themselves within the urban that citizens navigate today.

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II. name: Histories of a urban. NA1583. A47 2011 720. 962’16—dc22 2010041688 Cairo or al-Qahira: A urban whose identify ability either the successful and the Oppressor. to people who understand Cairo good, hoping they are going to locate anything new the following. And if you happen to don't know Cairo in any respect, hoping they'll exit and discover it. CONTENTS Preface | ix Preamble: examining and Writing Cairo | xiii highway Map | xvii 1. Memphis: the 1st Cairo | 1 2. From historical Egypt to the Coptic Enclave | 19 three. Fustat-Misr: the town of Arab Islam | 39 four. Al-Qahira: A Fatimid Palatial city | fifty five five. fort Cairo: From Salah al-Din to the Pearl Tree | seventy seven 6. The Bahri Mamluks: town of the Slave Sultans | ninety three 7. Governing from the Tower: The Burji Mamluks | 117 eight. A Provincial Capital lower than Ottoman Rule | 149 nine. A altering urban: From Napoleon to Muhammad Ali | 171 10. Modernizing the recent, Medievalizing the outdated: the town of the Khedive | 199 eleven. The Arab Republic and town of Nasser | 229 12. Escaping the current, eating the prior | 255 Appendix: Notes on Transliteration and Dates | 281 word list | 283 Endnotes | 289 Figures and credit | 313 Index | 317 PREFACE MY curiosity IN CAIRO dates to 1973 whilst, as a scholar of architec- ture at Cairo college, i used to be first uncovered to the city’s Islamic history. due to the fact then, Cairo has persevered to fascinate me, even supposing its difficulties have tempered my exuberant appreciation for town. This serious view has taken time to enhance. whilst I wrote my first publication, The Streets of Islamic Cairo, in 1981, i used to be nonetheless below the city’s spell. yet through 1991, with the book of towns and Caliphs, which learn Fatimid Cairo as a colonial royal compound, my uncritical love affair with the town got here to an finish. I then spent a number of years within the Nineties construction an problematic computing device version of the town. This eventually led to a profitable public tv documentary that provided a vibrant, simulated snapshot of the improvement of the medieval urban over a five-hundred-year interval to most people and scholars of structure and concrete heritage. regardless of all of those engagements, I by no means quite desired to write a whole publication at the heritage of the town. the duty, i assumed, was once harmful and most unlikely, and that i had easily assumed that to do it justice may eat my existence. So while Dr. Sharmila Sen, a humanities editor at Harvard college Press and a pupil in her personal correct, proposed the undertaking to me nearly 4 years in the past, i need to confess that i used to be reluctant to take it on. even if, the phrases of Janet Abu-Lughod, writer of the nowclassic Cairo: 1001 Years of the town successful, who scolded me a decade previous via asking, “When will you do your publication on Cairo? ” stored ringing in my ears. Sharmila gave me great freedom to style this publication within the means that i needed, which certainly made it very tough for me to withstand. i eventually succumbed to the temptation and signed directly to do the venture. x Cairo: Histories of a urban In embarking in this paintings, I had already been uncovered to lots of the fundamental and secondary resources at the urban.

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