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By Freund

ISBN-10: 0511333994

ISBN-13: 9780511333996

This exact ebook is complete either by way of time insurance, from sooner than the Pharaohs to the current second and in that it attempts to think about towns from the complete continent, not only Sub-Saharan Africa. except real info and wealthy description fabric culled from many assets, it appears at many matters from why city lifestyles emerged within the first position to how present-day African towns cope in tricky occasions. rather than seeing cities and towns as in some way extraneous to the genuine Africa, it perspectives them as an inherent a part of constructing Africa, indigenous, colonial, and post-colonial and emphasizes the level to which the way forward for African society and African tradition can be performed out in general in towns. The booklet is written to entice scholars of heritage yet both to geographers, planners, sociologists and improvement experts drawn to city difficulties.

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There are some remarkable books on old Cairo, such as Wladyslaw Kubiak, al Fustat; its Foundation and Early Urban Development (Warsaw: Warsaw University Press, 1982), Max Rodenbeck, Cairo: the City Victorious (London: Picador, 1998), Gaston Wiet, Cairo: City of Art and Commerce (Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1964), Janet Abu Lughod, Cairo: One Thousand Years of the City Victorious (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1971), and, above all, Andr´e Raymond, Cairo: 12:25 P1: JZZ 0521821096c01 CUFX035/Freund 36 0 521 82109 6 printer:cupusbw October 18, 2006 THE AFRICAN CITY City of History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press & Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2001).

Neighbourhood streets were not in any event much frequented by strangers after dark and the hara was often closed off then. 12:25 P1: JZZ 0521821096c01 CUFX035/Freund 0 521 82109 6 URBAN LIFE EMERGES IN AFRICA printer:cupusbw October 18, 2006 31 Cairo had a structure of municipal authority responsible to the state which became more complex with time. Yet under the surface, perhaps because Islam had no real space for municipal initiative and autonomy, the tendency for a differentiated and wealthy urban population to try to regulate their own affairs and exclude the state as much as possible can be found in various locales.

Cambridge History of East Africa, III (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977), 183–231, and John Sutton, A Thousand Years of East Africa (Nairobi: British Institute in Eastern Africa, 1990). In the Sahel, equivalents would be H. J. Fisher, “The Eastern Maghrib and the Central Sudan”, in Oliver, as above, 232– 330, and Nehemiah Levtzion, “The Early States of the Western Sudan” in J. D. , History of West Africa, I (London & New York: Longmans & Columbia University Press, 1972), 120–57. For a much later anthropological perspective, Horace Miner, The Primitive City of Timbuctoo (New York: Doubleday, 1953) is interesting.

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