A History of the City of Cairo, Illinois

Author: John M. Lansden

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809386593

Category: History

Page: 352

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Long out of print and much sought after bycollectors, Lansden’s classic 1910 history of Cairo remains valuable for the early history of the city. Its reprinting here, with a new Foreword by Clyde C. Walton, former Illinois State Historian, thus makes available again one of the finest examples of local history ever written, stressing as itdoes Cairo’s important relations with its area and with the country—in Lansden’s words, “this part of the Valley of the Mississippi—this Illinois Country.”


A Cultural and Literary History

Author: Andrew Beattie

Publisher: Signal Books

ISBN: 9781902669779

Category: Cairo (Egypt)

Page: 234

View: 5422


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.

Old Testament Parallels

Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East

Author: Victor Harold Matthews,Don C. Benjamin

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809137312

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 6911


An all-new translation of the most important ancient Near East documents that share parallel themes and issues with biblical stories.

Life, Death, and Community in Cairo's City of the Dead

Author: Hassan Ansah

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1450267017

Category: History

Page: 108

View: 4215


THE CITY OF THE DEAD is a mysterious area of Cairo that many Egyptians are aware of but not intimately connected too. This book provides a historical evolution of a residential cemetery more than four centuries old. Beneath a modern multilane highway lies a vast intricately connected ancient necropolis that stretches over three kilometres. The primary focus of the book is to analyze, understand, and to share the unique history and culture of this hidden, yet dynamic city with the outside world. It is here that life and death reconcile under the amazingly interesting stories of the lives shared by its community members. From the Majestic Citadel to the wonderfully designed grave tombs of unknown mystic saints, this book expresses the historical and cultural voice of this indomitable city which never stops reinventing itself. This panoramic story of a city that oscillates between the sacred and the profane- ancient tombs coalesce with chaotic markets- blends the personal touch of first hand travel with the in depth provocation of history. It is a sweeping, lucid work.

The Medieval Nile

Route, Navigation, and Landscape in Islamic Egypt

Author: John Cooper

Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9774166140

Category: History

Page: 390

View: 3796


The book presents a ground-breaking view of the navigational landscape of the Nile in medieval Egypt by drawing on a broad range of sources: medieval Arabic geographies; traveler accounts; archaeology; and meteorological, hydrological, and geological studies.Its first major section charts the changing geography of the Nile waterways, particularly in the Delta, from the eve of Islam to the early modern period, and logs the "rise and fall" of these waterways for natural and/or anthropogenic reasons. The book then presents a new perspective on the Nile: it draws on traveler accounts and environmental data to portray the river as a uniquely challenging and sometimes dangerous navigational environment requiring extensive local knowledge by skilled and hard-working Nile navigators.Finally, the book looks at how the main Delta and Red Sea ports of medieval Egypt fitted into the navigational landscape described: it explains how these ports were effected by changes occurring to the navigational landscape, and how they reflected the navigational conditions of the Nile and surrounding seas. The book is richly illustrated with maps and images.

A City Consumed

Urban Commerce, the Cairo Fire, and the Politics of Decolonization in Egypt

Author: Nancy Reynolds

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804782660

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 515


Though now remembered as an act of anti-colonial protest leading to the Egyptian military coup of 1952, the Cairo Fire that burned through downtown stores and businesses appeared to many at the time as an act of urban self-destruction and national suicide. The logic behind this latter view has now been largely lost. Offering a revised history, Nancy Reynolds looks to the decades leading up to the fire to show that the lines between foreign and native in city space and commercial merchandise were never so starkly drawn. Consumer goods occupied an uneasy place on anti-colonial agendas for decades in Egypt before the great Cairo Fire. Nationalist leaders frequently railed against commerce as a form of colonial captivity, yet simultaneously expanded local production and consumption to anchor a newly independent economy. Close examination of struggles over dress and shopping reveals that nationhood coalesced informally from the conflicts and collaboration of consumers "from below" as well as more institutional and prescriptive mandates.


Author: Eva Ambros

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 9783886181407

Category: Travel

Page: 255

View: 8549


History and Culture: Pyramids, sphinxes, tombs and temples recall Egypt's ancient past. One of the first and most fascinating civilizations of human history was born here on the banks of the mighty Nile thousands of years ago. Later on caliphs and sultans turned Egypt into an oriental fairy-tale land out of the 1001 Nights -- an atmosphere it has kept to this day. Travel Destinations: Nelles Guide Egypt leads you from Cairo, the pulsating metropolis, to the timeless beauty of the Nile oasis. It covers everything: the magnificient monuments from the days of the Pharaohs, splendid mosques and churches as well as the beautiful beaches of Alexandria and the Red Sea, the bizarre mountains of the Sinai and the pristine oases of the Sahara. Features: The phenomenon of re-Islamization is one of the topics that may deepen the reader's interest in Egypt. Other features report on such subjects as the Aswan dam, the Nobel prize winner Nagib Mahfuz, the art and gods of the pharaohs and the science of egyptology. Nelles Guide Egypt does not stop at describing places, it also presents the complexities of Egyptian life. Travel Information: Whether traveling by boat, road or air, the Guidelines at the end of the book will assist you before and during your journey. The Guideposts at the end of each chapter in the travel section are especially designed to suit every des-tination and offer a great deal of important information about accomodation, hotels, restaurants and more. Book jacket.

The Ohio River

Author: John Ed Pearce, Richard Nugent

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813130360

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 962


From Bāwīṭ to Marw. Documents from the Medieval Muslim World

Author: Andreas Kaplony,Daniel Potthast,Cornelia Römer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004282181

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 4635


This volume collects papers given at the Vienna conference (2009) of the International Society for Arabic Papyrology (ISAP), including editions of previously unpublished Coptic and Arabic documents, and historical and linguistic studies based on documentary evidence from Early Islamic Egypt.


Author: Joseph J. Hobbs,Aswin Subanthore

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438104995

Category: Egypt

Page: 121

View: 427


Egypt lies at a crossroads between Africa, Asia, and Europe and is the largest country in the Middle East. Egypt's other geographical feature is its deserts. The Nile helped in the cultivation of crops, while the deserts helped keep Egypt isolated. This work explores the people, culture, history, environment, economy, and government of Egypt.

The Middle East Today

Political, Geographical and Cultural Perspectives

Author: Dona J. Stewart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135980799

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 2850


The new edition of The Middle East Today provides an accessible and comprehensive introductory textbook for undergraduate students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography. This updated and revised edition features a host of pedagogical features to assist students with their learning, including; detailed maps and images, case studies on key issues, boxed sections and suggestions for further reading. The book highlights the current issues facing the Middle East, linking them to the rich political, geographical and cultural history of the region. The author examines the crises and conflicts, both current and potential, likely to dominate the region in coming years. The second edition has been fully updated and revised to include discussion of such recent events as: the effects of the Arab Spring Turkey’s growing influence in the region the dramatic increase in Iran’s nuclear capabilities Osama bin Laden’s death and declining support for violent extremist movements in the Middle East. Further supplemented by a companion website containing sample chapters, a selection of maps formatted for use in presentations, and annotated links to online resources and websites, The Middle East Today is an essential resource for all students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography.

Memories of a Cairo Fugitive

Author: Krishna Washburn

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1466914068

Category: Fiction

Page: 344

View: 7629


After a hasty escape to Egypt to avoid punishment for his partner, Lord Greenwich's vast financial crimes, former Mombasa solicitor and gigolo, Manik Mudigonda, is forced to adapt to a life without parties and without company in pre-World War I Cairo. Once again, the rejected Brahmin prince from Benares tries to find a niche for himself in an alien land that doesn't initially seem to have a niche for a piebald, red-eyed, bulimic criminal lawyer without much self confidence, and yet it is in arid, claustrophobic, poorly governed British Egypt that Manik's professional and personal lives come into full bloom. Not only does Manik's legal career flourish against all odds, fighting for his criminal clients' rights to appeal, coping with embedded corruption, racism, and constant condescention, but also he succeeds at initiating his first monogamous relationship, hidden from the disapproving glare of Egyptian culture. An ode to resiliance in the face of unusual hardship, the synchronicity of strength and fragility of the human psyche, and the elusive, inexplicable nature of love, Manik Mudigonda tries to narrate his life, if for no other reason than to try to remember.

Patronage Politics in Egypt

The National Democratic Party and Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo

Author: Mohamed Fahmy Menza

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415686237

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

View: 9686


Between the military takeover of 1952 and the collapse of the Mubarak regime in 2011, the political system of Egypt depended upon a variety of mechanisms and structures to establish and consolidate its powerbase. Among those, an intricate web of what could be described as 'patronage politics' emerged as one of the main foundations of these tools. Throughout the post-1952 era, political patrons and respective clients were influential in Egyptian politics, shaping the policies implemented by Egypt's rulers, as well as the tactics orchestrated by the wider population. On a macro level Patronage Politics in Egypt examines the activities of the NDP (ruling party from 1978-2011) and its opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood. On a micro level, the book uses the area of Misr Al Qadima as a case study to examine the factors that ensured the durability of patronage networks within the Egyptian polity. By examining how the local links into macro-level politics, this book portrays the socio-economic and political contexts that set the stage for the January 25 Revolution. This topical study will be an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers of the Middle East and Islam as well as those with a more general interest in politics.


Author: Nezar AlSayyad

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674047869

Category: Architecture

Page: 325

View: 4060


Nezar AlSayyad narrates the many Cairos that have existed through time, offering a panorama unmatched in temporal and geographic scope, through an in-depth examination of the city’s architecture and urban form. His narration illuminates how there can be “no one history of the city, but rather multiple, contested, and often invented histories.”

Unfinished Places: The Politics of (Re)making Cairo’s Old Quarters

Author: Gehan Selim

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 131750626X

Category: Architecture

Page: 262

View: 5863


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.

Fighting Today's Wars

How America's Leaders Have Failed Our Warriors

Author: David G. Bolgiano,James M. Patterson

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811745651

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 3780


Gives thorough background on the law of war and analysis on how these laws should be applied.

Dreams That Matter

Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination

Author: Amira Mittermaier

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520947851

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 922


Dreams that Matter explores the social and material life of dreams in contemporary Cairo. Amira Mittermaier guides the reader through landscapes of the imagination that feature Muslim dream interpreters who draw on Freud, reformists who dismiss all forms of divination as superstition, a Sufi devotional group that keeps a diary of dreams related to its shaykh, and ordinary believers who speak of moving encounters with the Prophet Muhammad. In close dialogue with her Egyptian interlocutors, Islamic textual traditions, and Western theorists, Mittermaier teases out the dream’s ethical, political, and religious implications. Her book is a provocative examination of how present-day Muslims encounter and engage the Divine that offers a different perspective on the Islamic Revival. Dreams That Matter opens up new spaces for an anthropology of the imagination, inviting us to rethink both the imagined and the real.

Once Upon a Time Traveler

The Reluctant Tourist and the Hitchhiker

Author: Joshua Light

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1490855106

Category: Religion

Page: 350

View: 6085


Three brilliant scientists harness the power to fold time and visit the past and future like a common tourist. One scientist formulates a tour of Biblical events because he believes in God, but the tour is reluctantly and accidentally traveled by a scientist who does not. What will unbelieving eyes see, and how will they interpret the most significant supernatural events of all time? The tour embraces world history from the beginning of creation and into the future, where Biblical prophecy tells us that dangerous people will control the whole world, countless millions of people will evaporate, and society will plunge into darkness. What if a time traveler visited just two years into the future after the Biblical Prophetic clock has already started ticking? And then catapulted into the past, where Earth is like another planet entirely? What kind of world, and what kind of tribulation would he find? And as an unbeliever, how would he respond to it? Light deals with the issues of Biblical prophecy, recent young-earth creation, a literal and startling twist on how things were, and how things will be. Set aside the notions of being left behind, and embrace the idea of being brought along, in the circuits of Earth’s end-to-end timeline. Enter a future we’d rather forget, and a history that nobody remembers.