Nezar AlSayyad


On his book Cairo: Histories of a City

Cover Interview of August 31, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The shape of a city becomes a road map for deciphering its history.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“In a globalizing era, when cities no longer belong exclusively to their people, the image of the thing will come to replace the thing itself.”

On the second:

“History is neither simply the knowledge of things that have occurred in the past nor the memory of these past events; rather, it is the convergence of these events with certain individuals and in specific places, as discussed and interpreted by others removed from the time and place in which the events occurred.”