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Cairo

Author/EditorRaymond A (Author)
Wood, Willard (Author)
ISBN: 9780674009967
Pub Date30/12/2002
BindingPaperback
Pages448
Dimensions (mm)227(h) * 144(w)
A history of Cairo, from its beginnings in the Arab conquest of Egypt in 640 to a modern capital. This book examines the invasions, changes and conflicts which shaped Cairo's destiny as well as the rulers, religious leaders, artisans and merchants who characterized the city.
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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. 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.

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. 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.

Andre Raymond was Director of the French Institute for Arab Studies, in Damascus, and of the Institute for Research and Study on the Arab and Islamic World, in Aix-en-Provence. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Provence and the author of numerous books, including The Great Arab Cities in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: An Introduction.

Preview I. Foundations (642-1250) 1. Fustat, the First Capital 2. Cairo, Fatimid City 3. Cairo under the Ayyubids II. Medieval Cairo (1250-1517) 4. The Mamluks 5. The High Point of Mamluk Cairo (1250-1348) 6. The Great Crisis (1348-1412) 7. Maqrizi's Cairo 8. The End of an Era (1412-1517) III. The Traditional City (1517-1798) 9. A New Political System 10. Urban Society 11. Expansion under the Ottomans 12. City Administration and Daily Life 13. Spheres of Activity IV. Contemporary Cairo (1798-1992) 14. A Slow Awakening (1798-1863) 15. The Dream of Westernization (1863-1936) 16. The Nightmares of Growth (1936-1992) Retrospective Chronology Glossary Abbreviations Notes Select Bibliography Index

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