Harvard University Press, 2000 - 436 sider
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 Andr 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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CairoBrukerevaluering - Book Verdict
Egypt has long served as the pulse of the Arab world. Its ancient history, distinguished civilization, and contemporary geographical and political importance have made it a fascinating country for scholars and foreign travelers alike. Cairo, the capital, has played a significant role in Egypt's cultural, sociopolitical, and economic life for many centuries. It is the best-preserved medieval city in the world today and, arguably, the cultural center of the Arab Middle East. In this comprehensive study, Raymond (emeritus, Univ. of Provence, France; The Great Arab Cities of the 16th-18th Centuries: An Introduction. o.p.), a former director of the French Institute for Arab Studies in Damascus, commences with a detailed account of the developments during the Arab conquest of northern Africa, which led to the founding of Cairo in 642 C.E. The author then meticulously traces Cairo's history to the present day. The narrative is enhanced by 15 interesting maps, drawings, and photos. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL ...
Review: CairoBrukerevaluering - Goodreads
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 ...
Fustat the First Capital
Cairo Fatimid City
Cairo under the Ayyubids
MEDIEVAL CAIRO 12501517
The High Point of Mamluk Cairo 12501348
Expansion under the Ottomans
City Administration and Daily Life
Spheres of Activity
CONTEMPORARY CAIRO 17981992
The Dream of Westernization 18631936
The Nightmares of Growth 19361992