The Mosques of Egypt

Bernard O'Kane
Photographs by Bernard O’Kane

Less than ten years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, the new religion of Islam arrived in Egypt with the army of Amr ibn al-As in AD 639. Amr

English edition
11 December 2016
404 pp.
540 color photos85 plans
25X30.5cm
ISBN 9789774167324
For sale worldwide

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Less than ten years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, the new religion of Islam arrived in Egypt with the army of Amr ibn al-As in AD 639. Amr immediately established his capital at al-Fustat, just south of modern Cairo, and there he built Africa’s first mosque, one still in regular use today. Since then, governors, caliphs, sultans, amirs, beys, pashas, among others, have built mosques, madrasas, and mausoleums throughout Egypt in a changing sequence of Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk, Ottoman, and modern styles. In this fully color-illustrated, large-format volume, a leading historian of Islamic art and culture celebrates the great variety of Egypt’s mosques and related religious buildings, from the early congregational mosques, through the medieval mausoleum–madrasas, to the neighborhood mosques of the Ottoman and modern periods. With outstanding architectural photography and authoritative analytical texts, this book will be valued as the finest on the subject by scholars and general readers alike. Covers more than 80 of the country’s most historic mosques, with more than 500 color photographs, in 400 pages.

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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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