The history and religious heritage of old Cairo : its fortress, churches, synagogue, and mosque / Gawdat Gabra... [et al.] ; edited by Carolyn Ludwig and Morris Jackson ; photographs by Sherif Sonbol.
Contributor(s): Gabra, Gawdat | Ludwig, Carolyn [editor.] | Jackson, Morris [editor.] | Sunbul, Sharif [photographer.]Material type: TextPublisher: Cairo : American University in Cairo Press, 2016Edition: Ludwig Publishing edDescription: 334 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, plans ; 33 cmISBN: 9789774167690; 9774167694Subject(s): Architecture -- Egypt -- Cairo | Religious architecture -- Egypt -- Cairo | Church buildings -- Egypt -- Cairo | Synagogues -- Egypt -- Cairo | Mosques -- Egypt -- Cairo | Christianity -- Egypt -- Cairo | Judaism -- Egypt -- Cairo | Islam -- Egypt -- Cairo | Cairo (Egypt) -- Buildings, structures, etc | Cairo (Egypt) -- Description and travel | Cairo (Egypt) -- Pictorial works | Cairo (Egypt) -- Religion | Cairo (Egypt) -- History | Engineering, General May2019Genre/Form: -- Reading bookDDC classification: 720.96216
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 320-329) and index.
Preface / Carolyn Ludwig -- Introduction / Gawdat Gabra -- Chronology of events -- Plan of old Cairo / Nicholas Warner -- The fortress of Babylon in old Cairo / Gawdat Gabra -- The Jewish heritage of old Cairo / Stefan C. Reif -- The Christian heritage of old Cairo / Gertrud J.M. van Loon -- The coptic Museum / Gawdat Gabra -- The Islamic heritage of old Cairo / Tarek Swelim.
Just to the south of modern Cairo stands the historic enclave known as Old Cairo, which grew up in and around the Roman fortress of Babylon, and which today hosts a unique collection of monuments that attest to the shared cultural heritage of ancient Egyptians, Christians, Jews, and Muslims. In this lavishly illustrated celebration of a very special place, renowned photographer Sherif Sonbol's remarkable images of the fortress, churches, synagogue, and mosque illuminate the living fabric of the ancient and medieval stones, while Gawdat Gabra describes the history of Old Cairo from the time of the ancient Egyptians and the Romans to the founding of the first Muslim city of al-Fustat. Stefan Reif focuses on the Jewish history of the area, exploring the famous Genizah documents found in the Ben Ezra Synagogue that tell so much about everyday life in medieval Egypt. Gertrud van Loon looks at the early Coptic Christian churches, some of the oldest in the world, and Tarek Swelim describes the arrival of the Muslims in the seventh century, their establishment of al-Fustat on the edge of Old Cairo, and the building of the Mosque of 'Amr ibn al-'As, the oldest mosque in Africa. -- Jacket.