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Cairo

Cairo Gaze toward the Nile from the desert hills of Mukattam and the vast city of Cairo unfolds before you with its monumental architecture teeming populace and thousands of years of rich history The ex

  • Title: Cairo
  • Author: André Raymond
  • ISBN: 9780674009967
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gaze toward the Nile from the desert hills of Mukattam, and the vast city of Cairo unfolds before you, with its monumental architecture, teeming populace, and thousands of years of rich history The extraordinary tapestry of Cairo s past and present comes vividly to life in this magisterial study by AndrE Raymond, arguably the premier social historian of the Arab world ThGaze toward the Nile from the desert hills of Mukattam, and the vast city of Cairo unfolds before you, with its monumental architecture, teeming populace, and thousands of years of rich history The extraordinary tapestry of Cairo s past and present comes vividly to life in this magisterial study by AndrE Raymond, arguably the premier social historian of the Arab world The most deeply observed and historically nuanced account ever given of the greatest Arab city of northern Africa, this book shows us Cairo from the glimmer of its beginnings in the Arab conquest of Egypt in 640 through its transformation into the modern center of Middle Eastern life today.Here are the Fatimids, the Mamluks, and the Ottomans, the invasions, dynastic changes, and religious conflicts that one after another altered and shaped Cairo s destiny And here, alongside rulers and religious leaders, are the merchants and artisans who have given Cairene life its distinctive character over time Raymond depicts life in Cairo through the centuries, chronicling the coming of European influence, the vagaries of social evolution, and the development of economic structure and urban design His work reflects all facets of Cairo s historical and social reality, weaving commerce, politics, religion, and culture into a finely worked portrait of the foremost Arab city on the continent of Africa.With its splendid illustrations and maps and its meticulous attention to the topography and archaeology of the city, this book will prove as valuable to the serious traveler as to observers of Middle Eastern history and society It stands as the definitive work on Cairo, unparalleled in scope, depth, and detail.

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    1. Its amazing to me that a city with a history so rich, that spans such important events in history of the world can be turned into such a boring book. I think Raymond is aping Braudel in this book with his focus on the economics and geographical changes that happened in Cairo’s long, long history, but he fails to use these details to capture the sense of a place, or a an idea. Instead we just get a laundry list of how many single family homes there were in Fustat, followed by a simplistic listi [...]

    2. More of an architectural and topographical history of Cairo, the book lacked a human, social history. At the same time, however, it gives you a good feel for each dynasty and their impact on the city from 700 AD to present. The scope of the book does not touch on why each dynasty changed, however, so each chapter feels a little disjointed. The author's use of primary sources is impressive, although it gets a little statistic-heavy, especially at the end. In general, a good overview of the city's [...]

    3. A comprehensive, expansive, history of the great city of Cairo. It is truly a history and not very concerned with contemporary, or even modern, developments but for centuries past, it probably cannot be beat. It could benefit from more illustrations in places and more social history over the political, but Cairo's history is so very long and vast you can't get everything in one book, certainly.

    4. A comprehensive, expansive, history of the great city of Cairo. It is truly a history and not very concerned with contemporary, or even modern, developments but for centuries past, it probably cannot be beat. It could benefit from more illustrations in places and more social history over the political, but Cairo's history is so very long and vast you can't get everything in one book, certainly.

    5. The history of Cairo is deep, interesting and exciting. Influenced by many cultures, leaders and eras, this city has grown from a small fortress to a beaming metropolis.

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