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By Maria Golia

Cairo is a 1,400-year-old city whose streets are inscribed with sagas, a spot the place the pressures of existence attempt people's equanimity to the very restrict. nearly surrounded by means of wasteland, 16 million Cairenes grasp to the Nile and every different, proximities that colour and form lives. filled with incident and anecdote Cairo: urban of Sand describes the city's given conditions and people's attitudes of reaction. except a brisk old evaluate, this e-book makes a speciality of the current second of 1 of the world's so much illustrious and irreducible cities.

Cairo steps contained in the interactions among Cairenes, interpreting the jobs of family members, culture and paperwork in daily life. The publication explores Cairo's dating with its "others", from the French and British occupations to trendy impacts like tourism and consumerism. Cairo additionally discusses attribute forms of conversation, and linguistic mêmes, together with slang, grandiloquence, curses and jokes.

Cairo exists by means of advantage of those interactions, synergies of necessity, creativity and the presence or absence of energy. Cairo: urban of Sand unearths a peerless balancing act, and transmits the city's overriding message: the breadth of the human capability for loss, astonishment and delight.

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In the medieval quarter, behind the Fatimid mosque of al-Azhar, lies the neighbourhood called Batniyya (from batin or ‘hidden’), a marketplace where vegetable stands once mingled with tables piled high with pyramids made of bricks of hashish. Cairo was a city of hashshashin, and popular odes were sung to intrepid dealers. A large segment of the adult male population gathered in discreet cafés to puff water-pipes filled with molasses-soaked tobacco and topped with small discs of hash. Some women smoked too, but in the privacy of their homes.

In Syria churches were adapted to mosques; their steeples as well as the remnant towers of Roman temples foretold minarets. These structures greatly facilitated the call to prayer, an innovation on the Hebrew’s horn and the Christian’s bell. In Egypt Amr built a mosque like the Prophet’s home, with palms and mud for walls and roof, and a scattering of pebbles on the ground where the faithful knelt to pray. Amr died in 663 and was buried at the foot of the Muqattam in a tomb of which all traces are lost.

57 A disc of this versatile bread serves simultaneously as plate, dipping utensil and nourishment, and its consistency fosters strong teeth and healthy gums. Even old and rock-hard, fiesh baladi, reanimates beautifully with heat and a bit of moisture, mirroring the resilience of its eaters. When warm and perfectly turned out, it’s a joy whose price, size and availability are intimately linked to the city’s well being. Bread is the single largest source of caloric intake in Egypt, which is nevertheless a wheat-poor country and the biggest wheat importer in the world.

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