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New Release: A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo

Humphrey Davies and Lesley Lababidi's new book offers a richly intriguing map of Cairo's enthralling history through its street names.

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Sep 2018
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A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo
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A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo, by: Humphrey Davies and Lesley Lababidi, (Cairo: AUC Press), 2018. 252pp.

The American University in Cairo Press has released a new book titled "A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo" by the renowned translator Humphrey Davies and blogger and author Lesley Lababidi.

The book offers a richly intriguing map of Cairo's enthralling history through its street names.

The book tires to answer questions like, who were “Abd el-Khaleq Sarwat Basha or Yusef el-Gindi and why they should have streets named after them in Cairo? Who was Nubar Basha and why did his street move from the north of the city to its center in 1933? Why do older maps show two squares called Bab el-Luq, while modern maps show none?”

His book focuses on the part of the city created in the wake of Khedive Ismail’s command, given in 1867, to create a “Paris on the Nile” on the muddy lands between medieval Cairo and the river. A Field Guide to the Street Names of Cairo lists more than five hundred current and three hundred former appellations. Current street names are listed in alphabetical order, with an explanation of what each commemorates and when it was first recorded, followed by the same for its predecessors. An index allows the reader to trace streets whose names have disappeared or that have never achieved a popular status.

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