Having taken Farama (Pelusium), he advanced to Misr, north of the ancient Memphis, and besieged it and the strong fortress of Babylon for seven months.
CAIRO (Arabic Misr-al-Kahira, or simply Misr), the capital of modern Egypt and the most populous city in Africa, on the Nile, 12 m.
It received the name of Masr, properly Misr, which was also applied by the Arabs to Memphis and to Cairo, and is to-day, with the Roman town which preceded it, represented by Masr el-Atika, or " Old Cairo."
By degrees it became greater than El-Fostat, and took from it the name of Misr, or Masr, which is applied to it by the modern Egyptians.
The Misr of the Arabs is restricted to the same territory.
Hence the list of authors connected with Egypt, which occupies pages 161-275 of Suyu~is work, ~Iusn al-muliadarah fi cfkhbri Misr wal-Qahirah (Cairo, 1321 A.H.), contains the names of persons like Mutanabbi, who stayed there for a short time in the service of some patron; Ab Tammm, who lived there before he acquired fame as a poet; Umara of Yemen, who came there at a mature age to spend some years in the service of Ftimite viziers; each of whom figures in lists of authors belonging to some other country also.