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The ancient tradition of Cairo’s bath houses

By Abdel-Rahman Sherief Bath houses have been part of Cairo’s heritage since medieval times. The bath houses, or Hammam as they are called in Arabic, were first founded by the Fatimid caliph Al-‘Aziz Bellah. The bath houses of Cairo, built to be Egypt’s capital by his father, the Fatimid Caliph Al- Moez, used to be …

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The soaring hunting hawks of Gzert Saod

Maintaining this heritage is not without controversy though. “Hunting with hawks is treated like dealing with drugs,” Sheikh Metlq El Tahawy said, referring to an environmental law that forbids hunting with hawks and imposes fines of up to EGP 50,000 on those who breach it.

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Editor’s letter: The fading of moral references

While riding home in a taxi one night last week, a small truck packed with five or more young men in their early twenties was driving in front of us. The exuberant-looking group seemed to be cruising the city while enjoying dinner in the back of their truck. All of a sudden, after they had …

Maher Hamoud

Bergamon: Egypt’s last Rango player

I learned to play the Rango out of love and a dedication to these instruments, the tanboura, the simsemeya and the Rango, which go together as the violin and the cello do in the Western tradition,” Bergamon explained. “There used to be many who had mastered the instrument, but the last of them died last year.

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