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 Descriptio Alcahirae urbis, quae Mizir et Mazar dicitur
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Descriptio Alcahirae urbis

‘Description of the city of Cairo, which is called Miṣr and Maṣr’

Guillaume Postel

Date: 1549

Original Language: Latin


Although his name does not appear on this short booklet of only 24 pages, Postel has been regarded as its author since the 16th century. He wrote it to accompany the pictures of Cairo, on 21 sheets, printed by Matteo Pagano. It comprises three chapters: on the origins of the Muslims, a description of the city, and …

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Isom-Verhaaren, Christine, “ Descriptio Alcahirae urbis, quae Mizir et Mazar dicitur”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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