Cairo: Histories of a City

By Nezar AlSayyad

From its earliest days as a royal payment fronting the pyramids of Giza to its present manifestation because the biggest city in Africa, Cairo has eternally captured the city pulse of the center East. In Cairo: Histories of a City, Nezar AlSayyad narrates the various Cairos that experience existed all through time, providing a breathtaking view of the city’s historical past unequalled in temporal and geographic scope, via an in-depth exam of its structure and concrete form.

In twelve vignettes, observed by way of drawings, pictures, and maps, AlSayyad information the shifts in Cairo’s outfitted surroundings via tales of vital figures who marked the cityscape with their own goals and their political ideologies. the town is visually reconstructed and taken to lifestyles not just as a actual cloth but in addition as a social and political order—a urban outfitted inside of, upon, and over, leading to a present-day richly layered city atmosphere. each one bankruptcy makes an attempt to seize a defining second within the lifestyles trajectory of a urban enjoyed for all of its evocations and contradictions. all through, AlSayyad illuminates not just the areas that make up Cairo but in addition the figures that formed them, together with its chroniclers, from Herodotus to Mahfouz, who recorded the deeds of serious and traditional Cairenes alike. He can pay specific recognition to how the imperatives of Egypt's numerous rulers and regimes—from the pharaohs to Sadat and beyond—have inscribed themselves within the urban that citizens navigate today.

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By Nezar AlSayyad

From its earliest days as a royal payment fronting the pyramids of Giza to its present manifestation because the biggest city in Africa, Cairo has eternally captured the city pulse of the center East. In Cairo: Histories of a City, Nezar AlSayyad narrates the various Cairos that experience existed all through time, providing a breathtaking view of the city’s historical past unequalled in temporal and geographic scope, via an in-depth exam of its structure and concrete form.

In twelve vignettes, observed by way of drawings, pictures, and maps, AlSayyad information the shifts in Cairo’s outfitted surroundings via tales of vital figures who marked the cityscape with their own goals and their political ideologies. the town is visually reconstructed and taken to lifestyles not just as a actual cloth but in addition as a social and political order—a urban outfitted inside of, upon, and over, leading to a present-day richly layered city atmosphere. each one bankruptcy makes an attempt to seize a defining second within the lifestyles trajectory of a urban enjoyed for all of its evocations and contradictions. all through, AlSayyad illuminates not just the areas that make up Cairo but in addition the figures that formed them, together with its chroniclers, from Herodotus to Mahfouz, who recorded the deeds of serious and traditional Cairenes alike. He can pay specific recognition to how the imperatives of Egypt's numerous rulers and regimes—from the pharaohs to Sadat and beyond—have inscribed themselves within the urban that citizens navigate today.

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A47 2011 720. 962’16—dc22 2010041688 Cairo or al-Qahira: A urban whose identify capacity either the triumphant and the Oppressor. to people who be aware of Cairo good, hoping they are going to locate anything new right here. And should you have no idea Cairo in any respect, hoping they are going to exit and discover it. CONTENTS Preface | ix Preamble: analyzing and Writing Cairo | xiii street Map | xvii 1. Memphis: the 1st Cairo | 1 2. From historic Egypt to the Coptic Enclave | 19 three. Fustat-Misr: the town of Arab Islam | 39 four.

The development of the complex’s inside is both cutting edge relating to the twelve-and-a-half-meter diameter of the dome, that is supported by means of tall pendentives contiguous with its assisting partitions. the most façade of the mosque is flat instead of segmented by way of windowed recesses. One enters the mosque via a portal adorned with black-and-white marble paneling topped with muqarnas. The enforcing oblong minaret is found at one nook of the mosque. It used to be a novelty whilst it was once outfitted, since it was once the 1st minaret in Cairo to have an oblong shaft with 4 bulbous finials.

The constitution, accomplished in 1774, used to be a part of a bigger non secular complicated, which integrated a madrasa, library, and sabil. Its decrease point used to be covered with advertisement areas, which generated profit for the maintenance of the madrasa. 25 as though making an identification assertion, the minaret of Abu al-Dahab’s advanced is inbuilt the Mamluk variety, not like the slim, conical-top minarets that happened because of modern Ottoman effect at the urban. The plan of the mosque, notwithstanding, is identical to that of the Ottoman-influenced mosque of Sinan.

Emanuel Piloti, a Venetian service provider who traveled to Egypt usually and who was once bought on the courtroom of Sultan al-Nasir Faraj, left a close account of the educational tools of the Mamluks. Piloti, who owned warehouses in Cairo and Alexandria and who had traveled around the Levant for 40 years, witnessed the increase and fall of 5 Circassian sultans. 33 He describes how Mamluk boys have been divided into teams of twenty-five and entrusted to the care of eunuchs upon their arrival in Egypt. First they bought the lessons of the Quran.

Seventy four As we've seen, the Burji Mamluks inherited from the Bahri Mamluks a declining urban, a urban that had suffered a chain of mess ups starting from famine to the Black demise. As Cairo shrank in inhabitants and task, some of the nice structures left via the Bahri Mamluks fell into ruins. whilst building actions have been later renewed, new structures have been targeted contained in the walled urban. to deal with those new structures, buyers and their architects needed to locate how one can construct round a number of older monuments, a few of that have been in disrepair, yet others of which have been in average form.

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