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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Cairo through time: From the Fatimids to the birth of modern Egypt

Cairo through time: From the Fatimids to the birth of modern Egypt: From the day the Fatimids laid its foundation stone in 969 CE, Cairo has endured, charmed, and evolved into the pandemonium that stands today. From Bab Zuwayla to Al Hussein and Al Hakim mosques and nearby “alleyways and breath-taking monuments,” the capital has much to speak of, writes Nadir Habib for Ahram Online. Cairo’s story is that of a “victorious” name, legacies of “changing faces,” an unlikely golden age, and of Muhammad Ali Pasha, “The Greatest.”

Three books roundly capture the city’s history: Cairo: City of Art and Commerce, an expansive account by 20th century French orientalist Gaston Wiet; Cairo from the Rule of Mohamed Ali to the End of Ismail’s Era, historian Hossam El Din Ismail’s account of the 19th century voyage; and Streets and Tales of Cairo, a contemporary narrative by novelist Hamdi Abu Galil.

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