The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position::Brief article - Book review
 
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THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ISLAMIC CAIRO By Richard Yeomans published by Garnet ISBN 1-85964-154-7 price 29.95 [pound sterling] hardback

Since Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798, the western traveller has been obsessed with the Pharaohs and Egypt's ancient past. Her Islamic culture has been largely ignored, and the pyramids have been allowed to cast a long shadow over the visual culture of Islamic Cairo, obscuring a magnificent art and architectural heritage that has lasted over a thousand years, from the building of the Mosque of Amr in the seventh century to that of Muhammad Ali in the 19th. Cairo is full of masterpieces of medieval art and architecture reflecting the status of...

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