Al-Ahram Weekly Online
24 - 30 January 2002
Issue No.570
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Cairo Fire (26 January 1952)


Who was behind the 'Cairo Fire' of 26 January 1952? Half a century on, the question still awaits a definitive answer. What is not in question is that the countdown for the ancien régime had begun; a new Egypt was being born. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, Al-Ahram Weekly, in this issue, begins an occasional series chronicling the last days of the monarchy and mapping the events that led to the 23 July Revolution

Arson and upheaval
The harrowing fires which swept Cairo half a century ago followed a savage British massacre of Egyptian policemen. Maurice Guindi witnessed it all

Resistance at all costs
On the 50th anniversary of the "Ismailia incident," Michael Thornhill demonstrates why the British occupation was the number one question in Egyptian politics on the eve of the July revolution

Burning down the house
Fifty years ago this week, Cairo went up in flames. Fayza Hassan wonders who struck the first match

For national dignity
Some 50 years ago, civilians in Ismailia distinguished themselves by launching armed resistance against British occupation troops headquartered there. Amira Ibrahim listened to commandos' tales of bravery and honour

The English or Farouk?

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