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Trivia Thursday # 23

In the 1840s the slave-merchants who had previously sold slaves from the Wekalet el-Gallabeh in Cairo were forced to transfer their trade to a “city of the dead” (cemetary city) outside of Cairo called Kaid Bey because of the government’s belief the slave markets

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Trivia Thursday # 22

In the early 1800s in Cairo native Christian and Jewish men were easily distinguishable by the color of their turbans, which were black, blue, or light brown. – source: The Englishwoman in Egypt by Sophia Poole 1846

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Trivia Thursday # 21

In the early 1800s, in letters home, Sophia Poole describes the street of Cairo as generally narrow (5 to 10 feet wide) and unpaved. Though some streets were as little as 4 feet wide and a few could be forty or

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Trivia Thursday #6

In Cairo, Egypt in the early 1800s an unmarried man who did not own a female slave was not permitted to rent a house or apartment in most areas. If he could not reside with parents or  near relations, a single man without a female

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Trivia Thursday #5

White male slaves in Egypt in the early 1800s were called memlooks. Few residents of Cairo, other than very rich Turks,  owned memlooks. Eunuchs were even more rare and were generally owned by only the highest ranking Turks. The large majority

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Trivia Thursday #4

In Cairo, Egypt in the early 1800s households would allot a distinct set of apartments or rooms exclusively for the use of the females of the household, also known as the hareem. No males, other than the master of the family,

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Trivia Thursday #3

In Cairo, Egypt in the early 1800s,  a slave could be freed by her master verbally before two witnesses or by a written document of emancipation or by being given the certificate of sale from her previous owner. Emancipation might be conferred out of simple

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