In the first volume of Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy, Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk), we meet a family whose daily routines are measured in meals, from the early morning sounds of kneading and baking to the stern, all-male breakfast to the mother's leisurely afternoon coffee hour.
When Zaynab Effat, a daughter of Egypt's Turko-Circassian aristocracy, marries into the Abd al-Jawad family at the heart of Bayn al-Qasrayn , the family's sharp-tongued daughter Khadija is skeptical.
From Troutt Powell's work, I was familiar with the fact that Huda Sha'rawi, who first became politically active around the same time as the action taking place in Bayn al-Qasrayn (leading up to the 1919 revolution), supported Egyptian claims to the Sudan.
D in the Bayn al-Qasrayn
quarter in the heart of Cairo which included a hospital, a madrasa, and a mausoleum was once the most lavish and impressive hospital of its time and functioned throughout the late Ottoman period, and demolished in 1910.
One novel was republished in 1953, however, and the appearance of the Cairo Trilogy Bayn al-Qasrayn
(Between the two palaces), Qasr al-Shawq (Palace of Longing), and Sukkariya (Sugar bowl) in 1957, made him famous throughout the Arab world as a depicter of traditional urban life.
There are a hundred and twenty pages alone on the famous Fatimid palaces that once lay facing each other flanking the Bayn al-Qasrayn
at the heart of the imperial city.
Its three novels--individually titled with the street names Bayn al-Qasrayn
( Palace Walk), Qasr al-Shawq (Palace of Desire), and Al-Sukkari-yah (Sukkariyah )--depict the lives of three generations in Cairo from World War I until after the overthrow of King Farouk I.