Sisters Without Mercy: Behind Egypt's Most Infamous Murder Case

The saga of Raya and Sakina, sisters who killed and robbed at least 17 women in early 20th-century Egypt, still inspires films, plays and books. Who were these women, and has the Egyptian public’s attitude toward them changed over the years?

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Oh, Alex, Alex – thus, fondly, do those who sing the praises of Alexandria, which lies on the shores of the Mediterranean, call her. And how the city has been praised throughout history. She has been an...