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The City of the Dead


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Preface Introduction The Physical and Social Growth of the Cemeteries The Modern Era: Informal Housing in the City of the Dead The Future of the City of the Dead Conclusion Glossary of Arabic Terms Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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Presents a comprehensive look at Cairo's City of the Dead, and includes biographies of some of the residents of the cemeteries.

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JEFFREY A. NEDOROSCIK is Deputy Executive Officer for the United States Agency for International Development's Mission to Rwanda. He studied the City of the Dead as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.


"A first-hand and heartfelt account of life in Cairo's City of the Dead. Nedoroscik sympathetically describes the vibrant and creative spirit demonstrated daily by poor cemetery dwellers whose humble communities form one of Cairo's most distinct yet least well understood neighborhoods."-Selma Botman Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts
"A sensitive and moving account of life in Cairo's cemetery communities by an outsider who has gained the trust and friendship of their residents. Skillfully combining personal stories with more general historical, political, and sociological analysis, Jeffrey Nedoroscik has presented residents of the City of the Dead, not merely as victims of outside forces, but as people whose everyday struggles express human aspirations as well as disappointments. His inclusion of women's stories gives us a rare glimpse of the complexity of gender relations and the important contributions that women and children make to the family economy. Of particular interest to those concerned with the political and economic development of the region, this book is written in a style which is sure to engage a broader audience as well."-J. Ann Tickner School of International Relations, University of Southern California

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