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Posted at Dec 04/2010 05:32PM:
Harrison Stark: Misr is the name for modern-day Egypt in Arabic, based off of the older misr (pl. amsar) which literally meant 'civilization', 'metropolis', or 'pavilion' but was used to describe garrison towns such as Fustat. Although Misr technically refers to all of Egypt today, many colloquially refer to Cairo as Misr also.
Posted at Dec 06/2010 03:42PM:
ian: Fistat as an example of the amsar was thus part of a much larger pattern of settlement that brought Muslim Arabs to the newly conquered lands.