Description of Musr (or Cairo).<sup>†</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:
Description of Musr (or Cairo).†

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The city that is known to Europeans by the name of Cairo, or Grand Cairo, is called by the Egyptians Musr and in letters, and other writings, the epithet El-Mahhroo'she (or the Guarded) is generally added. This chapter describes Musr in detail. It discusses the approach to Musr from Boo'la'ck, its extent and population, its walls and gates, its streets and quarters, and its mosques, and other buildings. There are, in Musr, many Tekee'yehs, or convents for durwee'shes, and others, mostly built by Turkish Ba'shas, for the benefit of their countrymen. Some of these are very handsome structures. Many of the Sebee'ls (or public Fountains) are remarkable buildings. The general style of a large sebee'l is thus described. Musr contains Hho'ds or watering places for beasts of burden, about sixty or seventy Hhamma ‘ms or public baths, and over a thousand Ckah ‘wehs, or coffee-shops.

Keywords: Grand Cairo; Musr; El-Mahhroo'seh; Boo'la'ck; Tekee'yehs; durwee'shes

Chapter.  9017 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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