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Cairo of the Mamluks : a history of the architecture and its culture / Doris Behrens-Abouseif.

By: Behrens-Abouseif, Doris
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cairo ; New York : The American Cairo University Press, 2007Description: xix, 359 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 30 cmISBN: 184511549X (cloth); 9789774160776 (cloth)Subject(s): Islamic architecture -- Egypt -- Cairo | Architecture, Mameluke -- Egypt -- Cairo | Mosques -- Egypt -- Cairo | Tombs -- Egypt -- Cairo | | Engineering, Architecture Communication and mass media April2011 February2019DDC classification: 726.2096216
Contents:
The Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1517) -- Pious patronage -- Motivation and perception of monumental patronage -- The patronage of the civilian elite -- Ceremonial culture -- Treasures, status and style -- Construction : organization and cost -- The growth of the Metropolis -- The Metropolitan architectural style -- The evolution of Mamluk architecture in Cairo -- The successors of the Ayyubids -- The reign of al-Zahir Baybars -- From al-Mansur Qalawun to al-Nasir Muhammad -- The early period of al-Nasir Muhammad's reign -- Al-Nasir Muhammad's Third Reign and after -- The reign of al-Nasir Hasan and after -- The reign of al-Nasir Faraj Ibn Barquq -- The reign of al-Mu'ayyad Shaykh -- The reign of al-Ashraf Barsbay -- The reign of al-Zahir Jaqmaq -- The reign of al-Ashraf Inal -- The reign of al-Ashraf Qaytbay -- The reign of al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghawri.
Summary: "Cairo of the Mamluks was 'a city beyond imagination', wrote the Arab philosopher Ibn Khaldun. The Mamluk sultans entered history as military slaves recruited by the last Ayyubid sultan of Egypt, and took advantage of the mid-thirteenth century power vacuum to establish themselves as rulers. They designed their capital to be the heart of the Muslim world. It became the focus of their enormous patronage of art and architecture, the stage for their ceremonial rituals, and a memorial to their achievements. This history of Mamluk architecture examines the monuments of the Mamluks in their social, political and urban context during the period of their rule between 1250 and 1517. The book displays the multiple facets of Mamluk patronage, and also provides a succinct discussion of sixty monuments in Cairo. This is a richly illustrated volume with colour photograhps, plans and isometric drawings." "The unique strength of Doris Behrens-Abouseif's work lies in its scholarly yet engaging presentation of original material diligently researched in the waqf (religious endowments) archives, including architectural plans and personal endowment records. It presents a wealth of material, much of it never before published. As such it will form an essential reference work for scholars and students of the art and architecture of the Islamic world as well as art historians and historians of late medieval Islamic history."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 337-345) and index.

The Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1517) -- Pious patronage -- Motivation and perception of monumental patronage -- The patronage of the civilian elite -- Ceremonial culture -- Treasures, status and style -- Construction : organization and cost -- The growth of the Metropolis -- The Metropolitan architectural style -- The evolution of Mamluk architecture in Cairo -- The successors of the Ayyubids -- The reign of al-Zahir Baybars -- From al-Mansur Qalawun to al-Nasir Muhammad -- The early period of al-Nasir Muhammad's reign -- Al-Nasir Muhammad's Third Reign and after -- The reign of al-Nasir Hasan and after -- The reign of al-Nasir Faraj Ibn Barquq -- The reign of al-Mu'ayyad Shaykh -- The reign of al-Ashraf Barsbay -- The reign of al-Zahir Jaqmaq -- The reign of al-Ashraf Inal -- The reign of al-Ashraf Qaytbay -- The reign of al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghawri.

"Cairo of the Mamluks was 'a city beyond imagination', wrote the Arab philosopher Ibn Khaldun. The Mamluk sultans entered history as military slaves recruited by the last Ayyubid sultan of Egypt, and took advantage of the mid-thirteenth century power vacuum to establish themselves as rulers. They designed their capital to be the heart of the Muslim world. It became the focus of their enormous patronage of art and architecture, the stage for their ceremonial rituals, and a memorial to their achievements. This history of Mamluk architecture examines the monuments of the Mamluks in their social, political and urban context during the period of their rule between 1250 and 1517. The book displays the multiple facets of Mamluk patronage, and also provides a succinct discussion of sixty monuments in Cairo. This is a richly illustrated volume with colour photograhps, plans and isometric drawings." "The unique strength of Doris Behrens-Abouseif's work lies in its scholarly yet engaging presentation of original material diligently researched in the waqf (religious endowments) archives, including architectural plans and personal endowment records. It presents a wealth of material, much of it never before published. As such it will form an essential reference work for scholars and students of the art and architecture of the Islamic world as well as art historians and historians of late medieval Islamic history."--Jacket.

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