al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ
(Smokey Ardisson's Piece of Cyberspace)

An Homage to Cairo

Mosque of Qâytbây, from SIRA
The Mosque of Sultân Qâytbây, 1910
Northern Qarâfa, Cairo, Egypt
From SIRA's Cairo postcards collection
(© coll. R. Vergnieux)

The Mosque of Qâytbây is one of my favorites in Cairo. It also serves as a symbol in my post-Cairo poetry. Samples here are from A Summer on the Nile.

Ahlân wa Sahlân! Salvete!
Arabic and Latin, respectively, for "Hello"

al-Gadîd or Novî: The What's New section: October 12, 2017
For the first time in more than a decade and a half, there is a new page—section, even!—on al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ: Writings, which collects many of the things I have written over the years and makes them all available in one place.

I have no delusions that any of my other planned work on the site will happen any time soon; for now, this site remains a living, breathing, decaying example of mid-to-late 1990s web design, of more (dubious) historical value than anything else.

Fall 2006
In October of 2006, al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ moved from GeoCities to the new domain. In November, افكار و احلام [Afkār wa Aḥlām] appeared as a companion weblog (“blog”), which is updated far more frequently than the main site.

April 2003
Updates to the MAL Memories section and a little bit of the much-needed clean-up of this page and the Latin sections. I do actually have a fair amount of scanned material for the Latin Clvb site; I just need to find the time to polish the images and code the pages. School and my other two webmaster jobs eat most of my time. . . .

May 7, 2002
Poets of the Café, with love and thanks, and best wishes....

April 1, 2002
The Rant™, the end of the free Internet, and the new email address. . . . Plus, the <sigh> that follows.

I've almost finished my third year of graduate work at Georgetown and have no illusions that this site will receive lots of attention. Perhaps, like most of my friends (those against whom I "competed" for the "Best of CGHS Class of `95 Websites" award), I should just take my website down (the Internet is dead), but I seem unwilling to do so. I do, however, hope to continue to make minor updates from time to time. Thanks for visiting (all 19,000 of you to this main page since June 1996!), and please stop by from time to time.

Coming soon: Even though I'm now back in school for graduate school, I still hope to find the time to give this site a well-needed overhaul. Photos for the Summer in Syria page and more photos from Egypt and my decade of MAL participation are still on the way, inshâ´allah. Until then, visit what's here and thanks for coming. Please email me with your comments and suggestions.

Learn more about me, my life, my friends at GU and elsewhere . . . .

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The Cairo in America Web-Counter says that you are the Arabic counter by visitor to al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ since June 2, 1996. Mabrûk! Congratulations! On July 19, 2002, the counter rolled over 20,000! 20,000 visitors in a little over six years; I guess that's not bad for a small site like mine!

This main page is over ten years old now and changes very slowly, although it is in dire need of a major redesign when I get the time. The subpages used to be updated more frequently as I scanned new slides and found neat stuff. Thank you for bearing with me, and please come back again soon. Thanks.

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This page was last modified on October 12, 2017.
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