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Amitav Ghosh on Cairo

"To most Egyptians outside Cairo, their metaphor stands for the entire city: the whole of it is known as Masr — the city's formal name al-Qahira is infrequently used. But Cairo, like Delhi or Rome, is actually not so much a single city as an archipelago of townships, founded on neighbouring sites, by various different dynasties and rulers."

Amitav Ghosh, from In an Antique Land, 1994

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Credits: Image of Old Cairo from Andrea Volpini.