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Cairo : a cultural history

Author: Andrew Beattie
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Series: Cityscapes.
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"Cairo is ... The largest metropolis in Africa since the Middle Ages, it was in Ibn Battutah's words 'the mother of cities.' With a present-day population of around eighteen million, this sprawling metropolis is home to one thousand new migrants every day, drawn to the seething intensity of a modern, cosmopolitan capital that blends together the cultures of the Middle East and Europe. The fabled city on the banks of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Beattie
ISBN: 0195178939 9780195178937 0195178920 9780195178920
OCLC Number: 56413979
Description: xii, 234 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 22 cm.
Contents: The view from the tower --
Pharaonic Cairo --
Christian and Jewish Cairo --
Islamic Cairo --
Colonial Cairo --
Towards the twenty-first century city.
Series Title: Cityscapes.
Responsibility: Andrew Beattie.
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"Cairo is ... The largest metropolis in Africa since the Middle Ages, it was in Ibn Battutah's words 'the mother of cities.' With a present-day population of around eighteen million, this sprawling metropolis is home to one thousand new migrants every day, drawn to the seething intensity of a modern, cosmopolitan capital that blends together the cultures of the Middle East and Europe. The fabled city on the banks of the River Nile, once home to pharaohs and emperors, now forms a focal point of the Islamic faith and of the Arab world. Andrew Beattie explores the turbulent past and vibrant present of this city where the enduring legacies of the ancient Egyptians, the early Coptic Church, British colonial rule and the modernist zeal of the post-independence era have all left their mark."

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