Art and Architecture
English edition  
March  2008
380 pp.
258 color illus., 63 line drawings and maps 
Hardbound
23.5X29 cm
$59.95
LE400
ISBN 9789774160776
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Cairo of the Mamluks

A History of the Architecture and Its Culture Doris Behrens-Abouseif

A comprehensive overview of Cairo’s most famous monuments

During two and a half centuries of rule by Mamluk sultans, Cairo acquired some of its most impressive medieval architecture, including the historical monuments that today define the city’s architectural heritage. In this comprehensive work of analysis and description, Islamic art historian Doris Behrens-Abouseif highlights the most important factors in the evolution of Mamluk urban architecture, along with the social and political reasons for their patronage as builders of mosques, schools, hospitals, and mausolea. Copiously illustrated with color photographs and architectural plans, Cairo of the Mamluks highlights sixty of the most important Mamluk buildings in Cairo, in chronological order, from the mausoleum built by Shagar al-Durr, in honor of her late husband, the last Ayyubid ruler, to the magnificent madrasa of Sultan Hasan and the funerary complex of al-Ghuri, the last powerful Mamluk sultan. Long a scholar of Cairo’s historic architecture, Doris Behrens-Abouseif draws on Arabic chronicles as well as the latest in contemporary scholarship to offer a remarkably complete history of Cairo’s justly-famous monuments.
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Doris Behrens-Abouseif is professor of Islamic art and architecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is the author of several books, including Islamic Architecture in Cairo: An Introduction (AUC Press, 1998), and editor of Cairo Heritage: Essays in Honor of Laila Ali Ibrahim (AUC Press, 2001).

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“Anyone who has heard Professor Doris Abouseif giving a lecture is familiar with her passion for her subject, the amount of information she has, and her ability to make you see things which you thought you knew in a fresh and vibrant way. She does this again and again throughout this fascinating book.”—Ahdaf Soueif, The Middle East in London, April 2008<br><br>

“The book bustles with activity and energy”full stop inside?—Ahdaf Soueif, The Middle East in London, April 2008<br><br>

“And the book, like the city it describes, is full of wonderful ‘incidental’ vignettes”—Ahdaf Soueif, The Middle East in London, April 2008<br><br>

“Doris Abouseif has given a wonderful gift to all of us who love Cairo. And her book will be my gift of choice this year.”—Ahdaf Soueif, The Middle East in London, April 2008

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