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Thursday, April 4, 2013

This Looks Like an Interesting Book on Cairo

This looks like a book that makes an important contribution to the study of urbanism in Cairo and the city's history and growth:  Le Caire: centre en mouvement/Cairo: Centre in movement by Galila El-Kadi; here's a review by CairObserver, and a link to the French publisher. The work is bilingual in French and English, and looks like it might deserve inclusion in my list of essential books on Cairo, though I haven't read it yet. It would seem to fit in the tradition of the books I listed there by Janet Abu-Lughod and David Sims particularly the latter's Understanding Cairo: The Logic of a City Out of Control. But then I haven't read it yet and it mainly seems to be available in Europe.

And of course, if you're an old Cairo hand or a current resident or anyone in between with an interest in the city's past and present, this gives me another opportunity to remind you that the CairObserver website is always worth following.

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