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a parcel of land given to soldiers of the conquering Arab army. The different companies were each given khittas, and, since the army was divided into companies based on tribal affiliation, the khittas were likewise segregated. In Fustat, the khittas at first divided the city into ethnic quarters/neighborhoods, but the boundaries were soon blurred as people began to move between khittas.
Posted at Nov 30/2010 04:00PM:
ian: Keep in mind that this tribal division in space was not a hard and fast rule. there were some exceptions and variations. Internally these were also divided along the various lines of kinship. So what does this mean for how we can look at the evolution of the urban fabric? Think about that broader question of competing identities of tribe, confessional community, class etc and where this fits.