The Arabic name Mokattam, which means "cut up" in English, refers to how the low range of hills is divided into three sections. The highest segment is a low mountain landform called Moqattam Mountain. In the past the low mountain range was an important ancient Egyptian quarry site for limestone, used in the construction of temples and pyramids.
The hills are in the region of ancient Fustat, the new capital founded by 'Amr ibn al-'As after the Arab conquest of Egypt in 642 CE. A section of the Mokattam Hills contains Muqattam, an affluent suburb of Cairo. Other sections have slums. The Zabbaleen people, who are an integral part of collecting and processing Cairo's municipal solid waste, live in Manshiyat Nasser, Garbage City, at the foot of the Mokattam Hills. 
The Mokattam is widely known in the orthodox church due to a miracle which occurred there. The Story of the Miracle can be found here http://www.samaanchurch.com/en/miracle_en.php
in Moqattam Hills foothills
- City of the Dead (Cairo) - Cairo Necropolis
- City of the Dead (slum)
- Manshiyat Nasser - Garbage City
- List of types of limestone - ancient Egyptians quarried limestone in the hills
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