Nile Delta village communities are differentiated from the urban center which is the headquarters of the district (markas), as well as from small hamlets ('izab, sing, 'izba). The narrow alleys that serve as thorough fares are lined with one- and two-story houses in the heart of both communities, and these are made of mud brick which is often plastered and lime-washed. These old-style houses are built around a hosh or courtyard, which is entered through a double door from the street. Local government primary health care facilities in many Egyptian villages provide diagnosis and treatment for schistosomiasis. Canals and drains flow through the built-up areas in al-Garda and al-Salamuniya (as in many other Egyptian villages). These provide many sites for young girls and women to use for domestic activities, as this chapter illustrates.
Keywords: urban centre; Delta villages; markas; mud brick; al-Garda; al-Salamuniya
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Subjects: International Relations
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