Cairo

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Harvard University Press, Sep 30, 2011 - Architecture - 347 pages
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Nezar AlSayyad narrates the many Cairos that have existed through time, offering a panorama unmatched in temporal and geographic scope, through an in-depth examination of the city’s architecture and urban form. His narration illuminates how there can be “no one history of the city, but rather multiple, contested, and often invented histories.”
 

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From its earliest days as a royal settlement fronting the pyramids of Giza to its current manifestation as the largest metropolis in Africa, Cairo has forever captured the urban pulse of the Middle ... Read full review

Contents

The First Cairo
1
2 From Ancient Egypt to the Coptic Enclave
19
The City of Arab Islam
39
A Fatimid Palatial Town
55
From Salah alDin to the Pearl Tree
77
The City of the Slave Sultans
93
The Burji Mamluks
117
8 A Provinvial Capital under Ottoman Rule
149
The City of the Khedive
199
11 The Arab Republic and the City of Nasser
229
12 Escaping the Present Consuming the Past
255
Notes on Transliteration and Dates
281
Glossary
283
Endnotes
289
Figures and Credits
313
Index
317

From Napoleon to Muhammad Ali
171

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