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Description of EgyptNotes and Views in Egypt and Nubia$
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Edward William Lane

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9789774245251

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.001.0001

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Description of Musr (or Cairo).†

Description of Musr (or Cairo).†

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(p.74) Chapter X. Description of Musr (or Cairo).
Source:
Description of Egypt
Author(s):

Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0011

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

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