1869 52. The history of cities has always been the history of the individuals, events, and places and the interaction among them Fascinating history of Cairo told in terms of the main events s , historical figures, places built during an historical period which could range from several centuries to just a few decades Also of interest are the views of travelers and or historical commentators on specific events people, and places. . . From Its Earliest Days As A Royal Settlement Fronting The Pyramids Of Giza To Its Current Manifestation As The Largest Metropolis In Africa, Cairo Has Forever Captured The Urban Pulse Of The Middle East In Cairo Histories Of A City, Nezar AlSayyad Narrates The Many Cairos That Have Existed Throughout Time, Offering A Panoramic View Of The City S History Unmatched In Temporal And Geographic Scope, Through An In Depth Examination Of Its Architecture And Urban FormIn Twelve Vignettes, Accompanied By Drawings, Photographs, And Maps, AlSayyad Details The Shifts In Cairo S Built Environment Through Stories Of Important Figures Who Marked The Cityscape With Their Personal Ambitions And Their Political Ideologies The City Is Visually Reconstructed And Brought To Life Not Only As A Physical Fabric But Also As A Social And Political Order A City Built Within, Upon, And Over, Resulting In A Present Day Richly Layered Urban Environment Each Chapter Attempts To Capture A Defining Moment In The Life Trajectory Of A City Loved For All Of Its Evocations And Contradictions Throughout, AlSayyad Illuminates Not Only The Spaces That Make Up Cairo But Also The Figures That Shaped Them, Including Its Chroniclers, From Herodotus To Mahfouz, Who Recorded The Deeds Of Great And Ordinary Cairenes Alike He Pays Particular Attention To How The Imperatives Of Egypt S Various Rulers And Regimes From The Pharaohs To Sadat And Beyond Have Inscribed Themselves In The City That Residents Navigate Today A well structured and well written book, brushing through the history of Egypt through symbolic places to end on its contradictory natures of the victorious and the oppressed Some random thoughts The book points out that Cairo has been governed by the military elite during a long period Especially surprising was the governance through the Mamluk slaves The ashwaiyyat, the informal city makes up for almost half of the cities housing offer How come that is their citizens have no power to help and shape the city How come that the state is slower to answer to urgent needs than religious institutions what is the role of cosmopolitanism in a neoliberal state And what is the role of the authentic and the copy Look up Saharat al Dur, only woman to rule Egypt during Muslim times.read The Yacoubian building. . There are two approaches to writing a city s history the first rests on the assumption that the spatial and architectural characteristics of a city art of paramount importance, and as such all political, economic, and social changes and continuities are of instrumental value in the spatial and architectural narrative The second rests on the assumption that architecture and space are simply signifiers that point us in the direction of illuminating the web of social relations that exist behind the facade of this particular mosque or palace AlSayyed, unfortunately, generally takes the former approach The latter is exemplified perhaps in Peter Linebaugh s treatment of University Hall see Linebaugh, Counterpunch, 2014 , where the building and limestone blocks it is composed of are the instruments that convey a important narrative concerning the struggles of workers to control their own lives, form unions, challenge capital s dominance over the world, etc In contrast, this is a text in which buildings and space are simply the teleological extensions of certain important individuals and actors, and do not expose the social relations hidden in the finished product So while AlSayyed brings together the architectural history of Cairo, he never answers the questions posed by Brecht in Questions from a Worker Who Reads. Ik heb inmiddels een hele serie biografieen van steden, maar deze is mij tegengevallen Wel mooie plaatjes, maar dat is niet genoeg De schrijfster is architect en je merkt dat ook Zij beschrijft Cairo via verschillende periodes van de geschiedenis en verbindt die periodes dan met de bouwwerken uit die tijd Het gaat dus voornamelijk over gebouwen De mensen, die er gewoond en gewerkt hebben,komen er bekaaid van af.
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