The Living Stones of Cairo

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Endlessly fascinating to generations of artists, Cairo continually reveals new perspectives to the viewer. The Living Stones of Cairo presents a series of pen and ink sketches of historic (mostly medieval) Cairene architecture, made by a single author over a period of fifteen years. They are an attempt to capture the powerful appeal of the medieval city still present within the modern metropolis. Freezing time in the momentary impressions of the modern observer, the sketches also depict the aspects of the city ...
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Overview

Endlessly fascinating to generations of artists, Cairo continually reveals new perspectives to the viewer. The Living Stones of Cairo presents a series of pen and ink sketches of historic (mostly medieval) Cairene architecture, made by a single author over a period of fifteen years. They are an attempt to capture the powerful appeal of the medieval city still present within the modern metropolis. Freezing time in the momentary impressions of the modern observer, the sketches also depict the aspects of the city that have seemingly escaped the passage of time.

The extended captions present the monuments as part of a larger cultural, social, and historical continuum, putting the buildings in human perspective. In Cairo, the reflection of human drama in architecture is particularly apparent; the texts highlight this drama through character sketches of the rivalries, family relations, intrigues, and alliances among the patrons and builders of the medieval city.

Cross-references to other sketches in the book draw the captions together into a narrative that reflects the intricate relationships between the buildings, their founders, and their neighborhoods. This book will enhance the enjoyment of involved travelers who strive to make the encounter with another culture more meaningful and shift their perspective from the 'exotic' to the familiar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774246326
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 105
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Agnieszka Dobrowolska is a conservation architect who has worked on many archaeological and conservation sites in Egypt, and directed a number of architectural conservation projects in Historic Cairo for the American Research Center in Egypt. She is the author of Muhammad Ali Pasha and His Sabil (AUC Press 2004).
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Table of Contents

The Madrasa of Ilgay al-Yusufi: Interior 32
The Madrasa of Ilgay al-Yusufi on Suq al-Silah Street 34
Al-Darb al-Ahmar Street: the Madrasa of Sultan Sha'ban 36
The Mosque of Sultan Barquq: Interior 38
The Tomb of Yunus al-Dawadar 40
The Mosque of Sultan al-Mu'ayyad Shaykh 42
The Madrasa and Tomb of Sultan Hasan 44
View from the Citadel 46
Mihrab in the Mosque of Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay 48
The Mosque of Amir Altinbugha al-Maridani 50
The Mosque of Qagmas al-Ishaqi (Abu Hurayba) 52
The Mosque of Qagmas al-Ishaqi (Abu Hurayba): Interior 54
Abu Hurayba Street by the Mosque of Qagmas al-Ishaqi 56
The Madrasa of Inal al-Yusufi 58
Mausoleum of Sultan Qansuh Abu Sa'id 60
Al-Fidawiya Dome 62
Tomb of 'Ali Nagm 64
The Madrasa of Baybars al-Khayyat 66
The Mosque of Khayrbak 68
The Sulaymaniya Mosque at the Citadel 70
The Tomb of Tarabay al-Sharifi and Bab al-Wazir Cemetery 72
Takiya Sulayman Pasha 74
Sabil Qitasbay 76
Khanqah Shahin al-Khalawati 78
The Zawiya and Tomb of Shaykh Sinan 80
Sabil-Kuttab Ruqaya Dudu 82
Sabil-Kuttab Nafisa al-Bayda 84
House of Ahmad Katkhuda al-Razzaz 86
House of Gamal al-Din al-Dhahabi: Mashrabiya Balcony in the Courtyard 88
House of Gamal al-Din al-Dhahabi 90
Sa'd Allah Lane 92
Al-Khiyamiya Street: the Tentmakers' Bazaar 94
The Door of Takiya al-Rifa'iya, Bulaq 96
The Mosque of Alti Barmaq 98
The Mosque of Muhammad 'Ali at the Citadel, from al-Saliba Street 100
Residential Building on Ibrahim al-Laqqani Street 102
Glossary of Names and Terms 104
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