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Arm yourself with maps and all the information you need for walking through Cairo’s famous and ancient Islamic cemeteries, viewing their beautiful monuments, and meeting the people who call these sacred places home.

Jeffrey A. Nedoroscik, the author of The City of the Dead: A History of Cairo’s Cemetery Communities, traces the history and growth of these burial grounds in this detailed guidebook. Whether you are an adventurous tourist or a scholar, you’ll have the necessary tools to develop a deeper understanding about these cemeteries and their residents.

Discover how Cairo’s cemeteries reflect the city’s explosive growth, from Fatimid times to their current role as an area of informal housing for hundreds of thousands of people. The walking tours described include detailed descriptions of major monuments, including Fatimid and Mamluke, tombs of kings and queens, and the tombs of some of Egypt's most beloved singers of the twentieth century.

A special section explores the famous Cairene institutions of Moulids and the famous junk and bird markets. Stroll down the dusty streets of Cairo, learn more about the rich history of an entire region, and meet amazing people as you begin Walking in the City of the Dead.

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