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is an American journalist and author, based in Cairo
Cairo , is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world and Africa, and the 16th largest metropolitan area in the world. Nicknamed "The City of a Thousand Minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life...
. He grew up in Cairo, having moved there when his father John Rodenbeck took up an academic position at the American University in Cairo
The American University in Cairo is an independent, non-profit, apolitical, secular institution of higher learning located in Cairo, Egypt...
in the 1960s. He has been writing for the Economist
magazine on Middle Eastern affairs for more than 20 years, and has been the magazine's Chief Middle East Correspondent since 2000. He is also a contributor to publications such as the New York Review of Books
, New York Times
and Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy is a bimonthly American magazine founded in 1970 by Samuel P. Huntington and Warren Demian Manshel.Originally, the magazine was a quarterly...
Rodenbeck is also known for his book Cairo: The City Victorious
. This is regarded as one of the best single-volume treatments of the city available, and has been translated into several languages. Edward Mortimer
Edward Mortimer CMG was until January 2007 the Director of Communications in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General...
wrote of the book in a New York Times
book review: "His travels about the city, which has been his home on and off since the age of 2, certainly do much more than scratch the surface. And yet his history does skim gracefully over that immense past without getting sucked into it."