A History of Modern Cairo: Three Cities in One

David Sims

in Understanding Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164040
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970405 | DOI:
A History of Modern Cairo: Three Cities in One

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This chapter examines the history of urban development in Cairo, Egypt, starting in 1950. It focuses on three distinct morphological phenomena or urban forms. These include the continuing growth of the formal city, the emergence and explosive expansion of the informal city and the crafting of the modern desert city beginning in the late 1970s. It also discusses a fourth form of urban development in Cairo called the peri-urban city. This development occurred on what was originally a rich agricultural plain dotted with villages and small towns, mostly west and north of Cairo proper.

Keywords: urban development; Cairo; Egypt; formal city; informal city; desert city; peri-urban city

Chapter.  13134 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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