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By Doris Behrens Abouseif

Often called the "Mother of the World," Cairo has one of many maximum concentrations of Islamic architectural treasures on the earth. This advent to the topic starts off with an research of the Cairo's city development from the Islamic conquest in 641 via to the Ottoman interval and the reign of Muhammad Ali at first of the nineteenth century. From that time, the reader is given a guided journey of the evolution of Cairo's Islamic structure and an outline of its major kinds in the course of the research of monuments spanning 1200 years. The ebook additionally encompasses a descriptive catalogue of the foremost monuments from the early Islamic interval during the Fatimid, Ayyubid, Bahri Mamluk, Circassian Mamluk and Ottoman periods.This concise and accomplished research will attract experts in addition to starting scholars and lay readers.

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A feature characteristic of late Ottoman architecture are the cartouches with inscriptions in nasta c liq, later 31 Pl. 26. The sabil-kuttab of Ruqayya Dudu, 1761. also rihani, scripts. They usually contain either verses of poetry or the foundation date. THE OTTOMAN PERIOD SABILS Sultan Qaytbay had built a free-standing sabilkuttab in the city when all others of the period were attached to the corner of a mosque. The Ottoman period left a great number of these structures. The sabil-kuttab of Khusraw Pasha (1535) near the mausoleum of al-Salih Najm al-Dln and opposite the madrasa of Qalawun is an imitation of the sabil-kuttab of Sultan al-Ghuri that protrudes as a rectangular building with three facades on the street, decorated with marble inlay and joggled lintels.

C 8 pointed Star. D 12 pointed Star. 23 a 10 pointed Star. b 12 pointed Star. Fig. 3. The star pattern on a mausoleum built by Barsbay. Fig. 4. The star pattern on the mausoleum of Janibak built by Barsbay. them on each side is an eight-pointed star. The whole surface appears homogeneous, if somewhat crowded, because the stars are so tightly connected. Toward the apex of the dome seven-pointed stars lead to the top. In both these cases, there is a consistency in the star pattern that is lacking in the larger, first dome.

The first madrasa in Egypt was built by Salah al-Din near the tomb of Imam Shafici at the cemetery of al-Fustat. Salah al-Din also sponsored a magnificent wooden cenotaph on the Imam's grave, still in place today. Nothing of the madrasa has survived. The first khanqah of Egypt, also introduced by Salah al-Din, was established on the premises of a Fatimid palace in the center of al-Qahira. It too has not survived, but throughout the medieval period it was one of the most important khanqahs of Cairo.

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