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Zagazig, Egypt.
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Zagazig, Egypt.
Zagazig, Egypt.

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Zagazig
Bubastis

City in northern Egypt with 340,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), in the Nile Delta along the Mu'izz Canal. It is the capital of the Sharqiyah governorate with 5.2 million inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 4,179 km².
Much of the economy today is linked with local agriculture, producing cotton, corn, rice, clover and wheat. There are large cotton ginning factories and a soap factory.
Zagazig is connected to other urban centres of the delta area and the rest of Egypt by rail and road.
Within city limits, lies Bubastis, the main cult centre of Bastet from the 3rd millennium BCE until around 350 BCE.
Zagazig University is one of the largest universities in Egypt, with colleges in different fields of science and arts. There is also a branch of the Islamic al-Azhar University.
Zagazig is the seat of a Coptic Christian bishopric.
Colonel Ahmed Orabi who led the revolt against the British in 1882, was born in Zagazig.

History
1820: The village of Zagazig grows fast, following the spread of cotton cultivation in the eastern delta.




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