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Most travelers to Egypt are entranced by the material culture and history of the pharaohs, while the country’s Islamic culture is largely ignored. But Egypt possesses a magnificent art and architectural heritage that has lasted more than thirteen hundred years, beginning with the building of the Mosque of Amr in the seventh century. Cairo is full of medieval masterpieces that reflect the status of Egypt as the center of several significant Islamic empires. This new and lavishly illustrated book aims to redress the cultural balance by examining the art and architectural treasures of Cairo from the early Arab era to the Ottoman conquest (642–1517).
Set within a historical narrative, the stylistic development of the visual arts is explained within changing religious, social, and political contexts. Architecture and the decorative arts are dealt with separately, with detailed stylistic descrip-tions, illustrating how the story of Islamic art and architecture is one of continuing adaptation and change.
Fully illustrated with over 200 vivid color photographs, plans, and elevations, and with a comprehensive glossary of architectural terms, this book will be essential reading for architects, designers, and historians—indeed, for anyone with an appreciation of one of the world’s finest and richest architectural legacies.
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