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Cairo Illustrated [Paperback]

Michael Haag

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31 Jan 2006
Cairo is an exploding modern metropolis of eighteen million people that nevertheless preserves within its heart the finest medieval city in the world, its alleys, mosques, and caravanserais the original setting for the Arabian Nights, whose atmosphere is palpable still for the visitor wandering through its bazaars, while at sunset the Pyramids glow gold against the Western Desert as they have done for one million seven hundred thousand evenings past. The monuments of pharaohs and sultans lie within the city's reach, making Cairo and its environs an unequaled storehouse of human achievement. In this guide to the largest city in Africa and the political and cultural fulcrum of the Arab world, Michael Haag explores Cairo's past and present in word and picture, from Saqqara to the Citadel of Saladin, from the ancient synagogue and churches of Old Cairo to the skyscrapers along the Nile, from Khan al-Khalili, the vast bazaar as intricate as inlay work, to the Epoque facades of the downtown streets, and introduces you to the treasures of three great civilizations at the Islamic, Coptic, and Egyptian Antiquities museums. Beautifully illustrated with 150 color photographs, this is a fascinating armchair tour of Cairo in all its variety.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; Ill edition (31 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774249356
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774249358
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 19.7 x 27.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Haag, who lives in London, is a writer and historian. He has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical and Medieval worlds; and on the Mediterranean and the Middle East. He has also produced several photographic books, and he has broadcast for the BBC.
For more information visit his website at: www.michaelhaag.com
And his blog at: http://michaelhaag.blogspot.com


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Michael Haag is a London-based writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue. He is the author of Alexandria; City of Memory, and he has written and photographed Alexandria Illustrated (both AUC Press, 2004).

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5.0 out of 5 stars El Cahera or Cairo in Arabic 15 Feb 2007
By Nadia Azumi - Published on Amazon.com
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I was born in Cairo, by Italian parents,and I must say that Mr.Haag has done a superb job in going around and discovering all these fantastic places.I saw some, but not all.Indeed it has fascinated me the way he pictured them,and wrote about the locations that he saw.Through his own photographic eye.

This book is particularily interesting if you are a woman and would like to visit some of the old mosques, but cannot go to Egypt.It is very hard to go into the mosques as a foreign woman.It is a treasure of art to see.Also some other pictures represent street scenes which are absolutely great.Everywhere you go to Egypt, you will never have the same picture again.One because the peopleare in constant movement,and second the light changes whether it is during the morning or at sunset.The sunsets are just breathtaking,and it also affects the photography and the scene that you are depicting.

Mr. Haag goes around easily being a man, and it is more difficult to go in certain coffee places when you are a woman.You cannot go infact.

Enjoy this book he has done a superb job.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice photos 13 Sep 2007
By NourHayati - Published on Amazon.com
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For a person like me who has been to Cairo many times, this book offered me the chance to look at my favourite place once more. For those of you who have never been to Cairo and want to see what it looks like, I think this book gives you a good idea. Very nice pictures, I recommend it!
1.0 out of 5 stars Substandard 24 Mar 2014
By matthew hazard - Published on Amazon.com
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Disappointing lack of detail for the cost of this book and it does not cover much of the city's lesser known attractions
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cairo in visual perspective 27 Mar 2009
By Herbert L. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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The pictures are fine, and the text, although limited, is interesting. The only problem is that neither can do justice to the city. Photos are inadequate to describe the scope and depth of the place, and text, however fluent, has a difficult time capturing the perspective of it all. There is so much to Cairo, as in any city really, that nothing can represent it fully on the page.
This book, however, does give a lot of information about Cairo through both media, and while not a substitute for "being there" is a good descriptive source for people who cannot or will not go to see the living thing.
It is with strong nostalgia and anticipated return that I look through my copy of Cairo Illustrated and am able to revisit the places and recall many of the sensations of my life there. It is a valuable reference, dream enhancer, and memory prod to me.
Herbert L. Smith, author, "Cairo: The Mother Of The World"
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