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This architectural history of the Citadel of Cairo uses indices from maps, photographs, plans of hitherto unstudied structures, and a large array of historical documents to chronologically reconstruct the Citadel's development from its foundation by Salah al-Din until it reached its most monumental form in the middle of the fourteenth century.
The study analyzes the influence of Mamluk socio-political hierarchy on the conceptualization of the Citadel's spaces and forms; assesses its impact on medieval Cairo; proposes a new interpretation for the development of Mamluk royal architecture; and presents new definitions for a number of medieval architectural terms.
By weaving the history of the Citadel together with the history of Cairo and the Mamluk system, this book is relevant to historians of architecture and urbanism and medieval historians.
|List of Figures|
|List of Plates|
|List of Short References to Frequently Cited Works|
|Note on Transcription and Dates|
|1||Whence the Citadel||1|
|2||The Citadel Today||18|
|3||The Ayyubid Sultanate Acquires a New Center||50|
|4||The Early Mamluk Period||90|
|5||The Citadel under Qalawun and al-Ashraf Khalil||132|
|6||The Citadel in al-Nasir Muhammad's Reign: First Construction Period (1310-25)||181|
|7||The Citadel in al-Nasir Muhammad's Reign: Second Construction Period (1333-41)||229|
|8||The Citadel and the Mamluk System||283|
|A Note on the Primary Sources||305|