Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Cats of Cairo

Snoozing in the garden of the National Museum

Anyone who travels in the Muslim world will notice something--there are an awful lot of cats around. There's a big tradition of loving cats in Muslim society, especially Arab society. The Hadith even has a story about how Mohammad was sitting with some of his followers preaching when a cat curled up on the corner of his robe and went to sleep. When Mohammad finished his sermon the cat was still asleep, and rather than disturb it he cut off the corner of his robe.

In my last two writing retreats in Cairo, I met plenty of Egyptian cats. Here are a few.

Begging for food at a restaurant at Saqqara
Admiring the sunset along the Corniche on the banks of the Nile
The disused back staircase in my building has been taken over by cats
Admiring some historic Muslim architecture

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cats are universal - they look the same no matter what country.

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