Daily Life in Ancient and Modern Cairo


Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 0822532212

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 74

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Explores daily life in the city of Cairo, from the time of its earliest settlement around 3000 B.C. through the Dynasty of Saladin and the Ottoman Turk rule up to modern times.

Author: Janet L. Abu-Lughod

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691656601

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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1001 years as a continuous settlement, 100 years as a modern city, Cairo in the 1970s is a complex metropolis. Janet Abu-Lughod traces the social and demographic history of Cairo, demonstrating the continuities and transformations that underlie the organization of today's city. Originally published in 1971. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
The Sinking of the USS Cairo

Author: John C. Wideman

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578066808

Category: History

Page: 164

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The objective was that of curbing the Union navy's runaway successes in western rivers. In 1862, in one of the South's most amazing secret operations, a Confederate team, using newly invented explosive mines, blew up the USS Cairo, one of the Union's most feared ironclad gunboats. It sank within minutes. The USS Cairo is the only remaining vessel from the Union navy's river fleet. For 102 years the ironclad rested deep in the mud of the Yazoo River. In 1964 it was rediscovered and salvaged. Now the USS Cairo is one of the premier exhibits at the Vicksburg National Military Park. This historic vessel, its entire cargo of weapons and personal effects, and its role in the war continue to spark the imaginations of Civil War buffs and thousands of tourists. Here, for the first time, in a carefully documented study is the entire story of the Confederate Secret Service team that sank the USS Cairo. With family oral histories never before consulted and with newly examined documents from the National Archives The Sinking of the USS Cairo disproves some previous theories and corrects factual errors found in earlier reports. It shows conclusively that the Cairo was not sunk by "an electrically detonated mine" but by a different method. Also, it identifies the members of the Confederate crew, whose names supposedly were "lost to history." For the first time in a book about this river war, there are illustrations of all five gunboats that were engaged in this action. Told from the Confederate perspective for the first time, this refocused story of the Cairo is a significant addition to the history of the Confederate Secret Service, to the history of the operations around Vicksburg, and to thehistory of the war on the western frontier.
Cairo Contested

Author: Diane Singerman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9789774165009

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 508

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Offers a cross-disciplinary look at the public's role in the governance and remaking of Cairo, Egypt, as the government transforms urban spaces to encourage growth, tourism, security, and modernity.
Understanding Cairo

Author: David Sims

Publisher: American University in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9781617973888

Category: Social Science

Page: 452

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This book moves beyond superficial generalizations about Cairo as a chaotic metropolis in the developing world into an analysis of the ways the city's eighteen million inhabitants have, in the face of a largely neglectful government, built and shaped their own city. Using a wealth of recent studies on Greater Cairo and a deep reading of informal urban processes, the city and its recent history are portrayed and mapped: the huge, spontaneous neighborhoods; housing; traffic and transport; city government; and its people and their enterprises. The book argues that understanding a city such as Cairo is not a daunting task as long as pre-conceived notions are discarded and care is taken to apprehend available information and to assess it with a critical eye. In the case of Cairo, this approach leads to a conclusion that the city can be considered a kind of success story, in spite of everything.
Routledge Handbook on Cairo

Author: Nezar AlSayyad

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000787894

Category: History

Page: 557

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This Handbook simultaneously provides a single text that narrates the Cairo of yesterday and of today, and gives the reader a major reference to the best of Cairo scholarship. Divided into three parts covering Histories, Representations and Discourses of Cairo, the chapters provide comprehensive coverage of Cairo from both a disciplinary and an interdisciplinary point of view, with scholars from a great range of disciplines. Part One contains chapters on the history of specific parts of the city to provide both a concise picture of Cairo and an appreciation for the diversity of its constituent parts and periods. Part Two of the book deals with the various forms of representations of the city, from high-end literature to popular songs, and from photographs to films. Finally, Part Three covers current discourses about the city, comprising historical reflections on the city from the present, surveys of its current condition, analysis of it serious urban problems and visions for its future. The Routledge Handbook on Cairo provides a unique and innovative look at the ever-evolving state of Cairo. It will be a vital reference source for scholars and students of Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East History, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Architecture and Politics.
Unfinished Places: The Politics of (Re)making Cairo’s Old Quarters

Author: Gehan Selim

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317506263

Category: Architecture

Page: 262

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The Emerging Politics of (Re) making Cairo's Old Quarters examines postcolonial planning practices that aimed to modernise Cairo’s urban spaces. The author examines the expanding field of postcolonial urbanism by linking the state’s political ideologies and systems of governance with methods of spatial representations that aimed to transform the urban realm in Cairo. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the study draws on planning, history and politics to develop a distinctive account of postcolonial planning in Cairo following Egypt’s 1952 revolution. The book widely connects the ideological role of a different type of politicised urbanism practised during the days of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak and the overarching policies, institutions and attitudes involved in the visions for (re) building a new nation in Egypt. By examining the notion of remaking urban spaces, the study interprets the ambitions and powers of state policies for improving the spatial qualities of Cairo’s old districts since the early 20th century. These acts are situated in their spatial, political and historical contexts of Cairo’s heterogeneous old quarters and urban spaces particularly the remaking of one of the city’s older quarts named Bulaq Abul Ela established during the Ottoman rule in the thirteenth century. It therefore writes, in a chronological sequence, a narrative through time and space connecting various layers of historical and contemporary political phases for remaking Bulaq. The endeavor is to explain this process from a spatial perspective in terms of the implications and consequences not only on places, but also on the people’s everyday practices. By deeply investigating the problems and consequences; the strengths and weaknesses; and the state’s reliability to achieve the remaking objectives, the book reveals evidence that shifting forms of governance had anchored planning practices into a narrow path of creativity and responsive planning.
Cairo and the Pyramids (Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt)

Author: Dan Richardson

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 9781409335443

Category: Travel

Page: 180

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The Rough Guide Snapshot to Cairo and the Pyramids is the ultimate travel guide to this iconic part of Egypt. It guides you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, from the Egyptian Museum and the Coptic churches of Old Cairo to the pyramid fields at Giza and Dahshur. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you have the best trip possible, whether passing through, staying for the weekend or longer. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to Egypt, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around the region, including transport, food, drink, costs, health, cultural tips and shopping. Also published as part of the Rough Guide to Egypt.
Midnight In Cairo

Author: Raphael Cormack

Publisher: Saqi Books

ISBN: 9780863563386

Category: History

Page: 346

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‘Beguiling and original...’ Marina Warner The thrilling story of Cairo’s decadent nightlife in the early 20th century, told with women at the centre. 1920s Cairo: a counterculture was on the rise. A passionate group of artists captivated Egyptian society in the city’s bars, hash dens and music halls – and the most dazzling and assertive were women. Midnight in Cairo tells the thrilling story of Egypt’s interwar nightlife, through the lives of these pioneering women, including dancehall impresario Badia Masabni, innovator of Egyptian cinema Aziza Amir and legendary singer Oum Kalthoum. They exploited the opportunities offered by this new era, while weathering its many prejudices. And they held the keys to this raucous, cosmopolitan city’s secrets. Introducing an eccentric cast of characters, Raphael Cormack brings to life a world of revolutionary ideas and provocative art. This is a story of modern Cairo as we have never heard it before. ‘A spectacular parade of the extraordinary, bold and brash Egyptian women who shot to fame in the early years of globalised celebrity culture.’-- The Times ‘A revelation ... in this tremendous act of historical discovery, Cormack has unearthed the regal figures and buried treasures of Cairo’s golden age. He is the Howard Carter of the demi-monde.’ -- The Telegraph ‘Midnight in Cairo delivers a place, time and people you’ll wish you’d personally known. ... Cormack deftly outlines the shifts in political mood and popular tastes that Cairo’s entertainment scene both responded to and inspired.’ -- TLS ‘A captivating journey through [Cairo’s] bars, cafes, cabaret clubs and music halls during a magical era when some of its biggest stars were women.’ -- The Herald ‘Fascinating ... Midnight in Cairo is a fizzing tale of an underexplored period ... [These female performers] changed the terms of Egyptian popular culture and blazed a path for women.’ David Gardner, Financial Times
The Cairo Conference of 1943

Author: Ronald Ian Heiferman

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786485093

Category: History

Page: 207

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For four days in November 1943, Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss the future of the war in the China-Burma-India Theater and plans for the ultimate defeat of Japan. This would be the first and last time that these leaders would meet. This book chronicles the Cairo Conference, the events leading up to the conference, and the consequences of the decisions, understandings and misunderstandings that resulted from the summit. The only book-length study of the subject, this text examines the enormous impact the conference had on the course of the war in Asia and post-war Sino-Western relations.