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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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Historical Illustrations of the Topography of Musr (or Cairo) and its Environs.1

Historical Illustrations of the Topography of Musr (or Cairo) and its Environs.1

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(p.67) Chapter VIII. Historical Illustrations of the Topography of Musr (or Cairo) and its Environs.1
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Description of Egypt
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0009

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

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