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The Comedy of the East, or the Art of Cunning

by Lenin El-Ramly Translated by Hazem Azmy Discussing the French Expedition to Egypt of which he was a witness,1 Egyptian Chronicler Abdel-Rahman al-Jabarti (1756-1825) wrote that the French had constructed special buildings at al-Azbakiyya quarter at which men and women would gather to engage in unrestricted entertainment and acts of licentiousness. As we get to know