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The Tentmakers of Cairo

Milieu

‘Outside the gate [Bab Zuwayla] is the congested thoroughfare of Ahmad Mahir Street, creating a chaotic junction with Darb al-Ahmar to the east. Immediately opposite the gate, the cluster of impressive monuments continues. During the seventeenth century, this area was developed by the powerful Radwan Bey and was called the Qasabat Radwan, commonly known as the Khiyamiya, or the Street of the Tent Makers, which is actually a continuation of al-Mu’izz Street. This area has been famous for its products since the eleventh century, when it provided the Fatimid armies with saddles and tents.’

Jim Antoniou, Historic Cairo: A Walk Through the Islamic City (Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 1998), p. 88.