The Mother of the World

Many of the things I love and hate about Cairo are mentioned in this essay about the great, mind-boggling city.

Although I have just finished reading a fantastic new book on the same subject (Cairo, City of Sand, by Maria Golia) which puts my piddling effort to shame. Expect a review of Maria's book--which I cannot recommend strongly enough--soon.
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.