Cairo of the Mamluks

A History of the Architecture and Its Culture

Doris Behrens-Abouseif

During two and a half centuries of rule by Mamluk sultans, Cairo acquired some of its most impressive medieval architecture, including the historical

English edition
380 pp.
258 color illus., 63 line drawings and maps
23.5X29cm
ISBN 9789774160776
For sale only in the Middle East

$59.95

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.

Doris Behrens-Abouseif

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. She is the author of The Minarets of Cairo, with contributions by Nicholas Warner,  and photographs by Bernard O’Kane (AUC Press, 2010), Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of Architecture and its Culture (AUC Press, 2008), and Islamic Architecture in Cairo: An Introduction (AUC Press, 1998).
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