The Minarets of Cairo

Doris Behrens-Abouseif
with contributions byNicholas Warner
Photographs by Bernard O’Kane

Minarets have defined Cairo’s skyline since its early history: they are one of the most characteristic features of Islamic architecture. In Egypt, w

English edition
448 pp.
220 color illus., 80 b/w illus.
21.5X32cm
ISBN 9789774164262
For sale only in the Middle East

39.95

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 color, displaying to full effect historic Cairo’s most impressive 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).

Bernard O’Kane

Bernard O'Kane is professor of Islamic art and architecture at the American University in Cairo. He is the editor of “The Treasures of Islamic” (AUC Press, 2006) and “Creswell Photographs Re-examined” (AUC Press, 2009), and author of “The Illustrated Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo” (AUC Press, 2012).
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