Historical Illustrations of the Topography of Musr (or Cairo) and its Environs.<sup>1</sup>

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9789774245251
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970160 | DOI:
Historical Illustrations of the Topography of Musr (or Cairo) and its Environs.1

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Little is to be found in the works of European travellers respecting the history and topography of the Egyptian metropolis and its environs; and that little is, in many cases, incorrect. It is hoped, therefore, that some authentic illustrations of these subjects, chiefly derived from El-Muckree'zee's historical and topographical account of Egypt and its metropolis, are not unacceptable to the English reader. This work of El-Muckree'zee is chiefly a compilation from the writings of other Arab historians and geographers; and those parts of it of which are availed here contain observations of many authors of different ages. This chapter discusses the sources of information respecting these subjects and the successive seats of government since the Arabian conquest. Finally, it gives an account of the changes that have taken place in the river in the neighbourhood of El-Foosta't and El-Cka'hireh.

Keywords: Egyptian metropolis; environs; El-Muckree'zee; Arab historians; El-Foosta't; El-Cka'hireh

Chapter.  1903 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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