Top 10 Books on Cairo

 

Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, is set on Nile River. It is also the largest city of Egypt with one of the world’s highest population densities per square mile.

Both an ancient city and the greatest metropolis in the Middle East, Cairo is full of bazaars, museums, mosques, tombs, and pyramids. It has a history of Islamic architecture like no other city in the World. The city is the country’s largest business and financial centre. It dominates Egypt economically and culturally and remains a major tourist destination in spite of a campaign of terrorist activity by Islamic extremists who wanted to destabilize the country’s government.

 

Cairo: The City Victorious

From a journalist who has spent many years of his life in Cairo, we go on a tour of the magnificent city, its history as well as its present.

Read it For:
The book is very well written by the author who knows every corner of the city and wants to share his experience.
Don't Read it For:
The book lacks some details about few important places and monuments.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author has succeeded in bringing out the history of the city in the best way possible making it one of the top 10 bestselling books on Cairo.

Top 10 Cairo and the Nile

This is a guidebook which will take you to all the best places to visit in Cairo along with a lot of information and useful details.

Read it For:
If you are searching for a perfect guidebook to Cairo, this is it. It is one of the best books on Cairo.
Don't Read it For:
the book doesn’t tell you about the less explored places.
What makes this book stand out?:
the maps, pictures, descriptions and lists of top places helps you to plan the best trip to Cairo.

A Cairo Anthology

this book compiles the writings of travellers about this city, over two centuries. All the descriptions given about the city over ages has been recorded to bring out the best together.

Read it For:
This book is the best choice to gain knowledge about Cairo and observe the changes that took place over the years.
Don't Read it For:
Not very comprehensive book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a perfect read for those interested in the City’s history as well as wants to know all that the city has to offer.

Cairo: My City, Our Revolution

The author. Ahdaf Soueif was born and brought up in Cairo. This book is about the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, her journey in Cairo and through the revolution.

Read it For:
A very easy to read a book with an eye-opening narrative.
Don't Read it For:
The book has some repetitions.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book offers the experience that the author had during the revolution; all that she faced and whatever she did to bring peace back to her city. It gives us an insider’s view of the Revolution
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Islamic Monuments in Cairo

Cairo has a rich history, and the heritage of its Islamic monuments is known all over the world. This guidebook on Cairo takes you to more than two hundred of the most interesting Islamic monuments in the city.

Read it For:
Anyone interested in knowing about Cairo’s Islamic architecture must read the book.
Don't Read it For:
Apart from Islamic monuments, the book doesn’t provide any side information about the other places in Cairo.
What makes this book stand out?:
As one of the most popular books on Cairo, this is a must carry book on your trip to Cairo.

Insight Guide Cairo

Along with telling you which attractions to visit, this book covers a lot more information about the city and its culture. It is a book ideal for planning a trip as well as just reading it to gain lots of knowledge.

Read it For:
Such details and information as in the book will take you on a Cairo trip on your chair from your reading room.
Don't Read it For:
the introductory chapters may seem difficult to read through.
What makes this book stand out?:
Packed with beautiful colour photographs, good amount of information and maps, this guide for travellers describes what to see and do in Cairo, Egypt. ‘

Cairo

This book is about Cairo’s emergence as an important city in the middle-east and how various events shaped its history. The book gives a balanced account of architecture, archaeology, topography, political history, social development; everything blended in a perfect balance.

Read it For:
A masterly collection of facts in great depth about Cairo which makes it an interesting read.
Don't Read it For:
some details are so exaggerating that one may lose track of where he/she was in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
A great book on the history of Cairo, especially its architecture.

The Rough Guide to Cairo and the Pyramids

Experience Cairo at its best with the ultimate guidebook with maps and descriptions of all the best attractions. Information gathered from authors visiting the city for twenty years gives a more inside knowledge about hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment etc.

Read it For:
the book aims at providing details about the best deals in Cairo from sightseeing to hotel stays and food.
Don't Read it For:
The maps in the book are difficult to understand, updates on some topics are missing.
What makes this book stand out?:
A complete guide with enough information and details, this book is a must-read.

Greater than a tourist- Cairo, Egypt

Through her travels, Lisa learned how much locals had to share with tourists, therefore in her book she bridges up this gap by bringing all that locals know about Cairo to the people.

Read it For:
Local advice from people living in the place where we want to go are always useful. Hence this book provides tips to help us throughout our journey in Cairo.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not planning a trip to Cairo, this book doesn’t have much to offer to you.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book helps people connect with the locals of the place and gain knowledge from their experience.

Cairo: The Mother of the World

Cairo: The Mother of the World explores the city of Cairo as not seen by most of the travellers, the adventure among the streets, tombs, houses which makes the city what it is.

Read it For:
It is a nice, wonderfully written, quick read about the author's real-life experiences while living in the city
Don't Read it For:
The information and stories are a bit disorganized.
What makes this book stand out?:
An exceptionally interesting book with the right flow and makes for a perfect gift.

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