The Minarets of Cairo: Islamic Architecture from the Arab Conquest to the end of the Ottoman Period

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Minarets have defined Cairo?s skyline since its early history: they are one of the most characteristic features of Islamic architecture. In Egypt, where civilizations have manifested themselves through awe-inspiring structures since antiquity, "a thousand minarets" reveal the impact of Islamic civilization and urban aesthetics. The Minarets of Cairo offers an accessible and vivid insight into the religious, historical and architectural significance of the minaret in Cairo from the Arab Conquest, through the ...

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Overview

Minarets have defined Cairo’s skyline since its early history: they are one of the most characteristic features of Islamic architecture. In Egypt, where civilizations have manifested themselves through awe-inspiring structures since antiquity, "a thousand minarets" reveal the impact of Islamic civilization and urban aesthetics. The Minarets of Cairo offers an accessible and vivid insight into the religious, historical and architectural significance of the minaret in Cairo from the Arab Conquest, through the Abbasid, Fatimid, Mamluk and Ottoman periods. Students and scholars will welcome historian and art historian Doris Behrens-Abouseif’s excellent new research and analysis as well as over one hundred illustrated entries for individual minarets, brought to life by Nicholas Warner’s masterly architectural drawings and reconstructions. With nearly three hundred illustrations, this beautiful book provides depth and colour, displaying to full effect historic Cairo’s most impressive monuments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848855397
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 13.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Doris Behrens-Abouseif is the Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). She is widely acknowledged as the preeminent scholar on the architecture of Cairo, and a leading specialist on the art and archaeology of Turkey, Iran and the Near East. She previously taught at the American University in Cairo, Harvard University, and the universities of Freiburg and Munich in Germany. She has written a number of books on Islamic art and architecture in both English and German including Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of Architecture and its Culture (I.B.Tauris), and Islamic Architecture in Cairo: An Introduction

Nicholas Warner is an architect and architectural historian, trained at Cambridge University and Harvard University who has, since 1992, been involved in a number of projects to preserve sites of historical and archaeological interest in Cairo.  His books include Monuments of Historic Cairo: A Map and Descriptive Catalogue and Guide to the Gayer-Anderson Museum.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Illustration Credits
• Foreword
• Note to the Reader
• Introduction
• Culture and Architecture of the Minaret
• The Call to Prayer (adhan) and the Muezzin
• Function and use
• Evolution
• Placement
• Construction and Materials
• Architecture and Decoration
• Epigraphy
• The Minaret Depicted
• The Historic Minarets of Cairo
• Early History and Formation
• The Mamluk Minarets
• The Minarets under Ottoman Rule
• Minarets Beyond Cairo
• The Minaret in the Egyptian Provinces
• The Minaret of Cairo in Medina

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