A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

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Monday, February 6, 2012

The CairObserver Website

I noted the website CairObserver last year when it was fairly new, but it has continued to be a great site for anyone interested in the Arab world's and Africa's largest city (and this past year, who wasn't?). At the moment the homepage links to articles on the city's current traffic patterns, threats to the remnants of the ninth century Ibn Tulun aqueduct, "An Ottoman Sabil with Dutch tiles," a proposed new road to the Pyramids, "restoring authenticity" to Mu‘izz al-Din Street ("Bayn al-Qasrayn," the old Fatimid city's main street), an interview with David Sims, author of Understanding Cairo, and more. In other words, for anyone interested in architecture, history, urban planning, or who is just crazy about this sprawling, fascinating, sometimes maddening city, it's worth checking in regularly.

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