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300 L.E

Masterworks of Islamic Architecture

From Damascus to Granada, from Cairo to Istanbul
Henry Stierlin
The rapid spread of the Islamic faith from its seventh-century origins in the Arabian desert, northward into Mesopotamia and Syria and westward across North Africa and into the Iberian Peninsula, carried with it a great cultural blossoming. The arts, technology, and sciences flourished thanks to this...

650 L.E

Islamic Calligraphy

Sheila S. Blair
e extensive use of writing is a hallmark of Islamic civilization. Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, became one of the main methods of artistic expression from the seventh century to the present in almost all regions from the far Maghrib, or Islamic West, to India and beyond. In this groundbreaking...

150 L.E

Islamic Art in Cairo

From the 7th to the 18th Centuries
E. Prisse d’Avennes Introduction by George T. Scanlon
In 1827, a brilliant young French engineer and draftsman arrived in Alexandria at the start of a long and fruitful love affair with Egypt and its art, both ancient and contemporary. Emile Prisse d’Avennes (1807–79) spent a total of nineteen years in Egypt, traveling throughout the country to collect...

150 L.E

Islamic Architecture

Robert Hillenbrand
Written by one of the greatest living authorities on the subject, this beautifully conceived survey of Islamic architecture brings you an awesomely comprehensive yet detailed look into the glorious world of the caravanserai, mausoleum, and mosque. Unlike previous works, which follow a chronological record...

250 L.E

Islam Art and Architecture

Edited by Markus Hattstein and Peter Delius
The rapid expansion of Islam in its early days encouraged a unique absorption and integration of disparate cultural forms and traditions. This book follows the historical development of the Islamic regions and their ruling dynasties, and illustrates their greatly varied forms of artistic expression from...

150 L.E

Heliopolis Rebirth of the City of the Sun

Agnieszka Dobrowolska and Jaroslaw Dobrowolski
When in the early years of the twentieth century the Belgian businessman Edouard Empain began to turn his dream of building an entirely new satellite city in the desert outside Cairo into a reality, he followed the then novel urban-planning concept of the “garden city.” But in naming his creation, he...

150 L.E

Explorers and Artists in the Valley of the Kings

Catharine H. Roehrig With a foreword by Kent R. Weeks
The west bank of the Nile opposite the modern city of Luxor, often referred to as western Thebes, is probably the richest archaeological site in the world. This area has attracted travelers since ancient times, and many have left their impressions of the monuments in the form of graffiti, historical...

750 L.E

Egypt and Nubia / The Holy Land Limited Collector’s edition Drawings by David Roberts, R.A

Drawings by David Roberts, R.A. With historical descriptions by William Brockedon Lithographed by Louis Haghe
The genius and sensitivity of the justly celebrated nineteenth-century Scottish artist David Roberts are fully revealed in this outstanding special three-volume collector’s edition that reproduces in unprecedented print quality all 247 of Roberts’ published drawings of Egypt and the Holy Land. In 1838...

350 L.E

Enchanted Jewelry of Egypt The Traditional Art and Craft

Azza Fahmy
For many women of Egypt, their jewelry is their bank—they wear their wealth in their gold. But jewelry in Egypt is also more than mere assets, and its design and manufacture reveal a great array of styles and a high degree of skill and artistry. In this lavishly illustrated book, Azza Fahmy, herself...

200 L.E

Egyptian Palaces and Villas, 1808–1960

Shirley Johnston with photographs by Sherif Sonbol
In 1798 Napoleon conquered Egypt, overthrowing the last of the Mamluk beys who had ruled the country for centuries. When the French army withdrew in 1801, Mohammed Ali, a ruthless and yet forward-looking soldier of fortune from the Balkans, seized power. Although he and his successors nominally represented...

120 L.E

Creating Medieval Cairo Empire, Religion, and Architectural Preservation in Nineteenth-Century E

Paula Sanders
This book argues that the historic city we know as Medieval Cairo was created in the nineteenth century by both Egyptians and Europeans against a background of four overlapping political and cultural contexts: the local Egyptian, Anglo-Egyptian, Anglo-Indian, and Ottoman imperial milieux. Addressing...

300 L.E

Cairo of the Mamluks A History of the Architecture and Its Culture

Doris Behrens-Abouseif
During two and a half centuries of rule by Mamluk sultans, Cairo acquired some of its most impressive medieval architecture, including the historical monuments that today define the city’s architectural heritage. In this comprehensive work of analysis and description, Islamic art historian Doris Behrens-Abouseif...

120 L.E

Bahgory An Egyptian Artist’s Words and Pictures

Georges Bahgory Translated by Humphrey Davies
Painter Georges Bahgory cites Picasso and the Egyptian Fayoum portraits as major influences on his work; he creates striking abstracts that draw the viewer into a world that can be dark or whimsical. A keen observer of events that unfold around him, he is in the habit of sketching his impressions in...

75 L.E

Architecture for the Poor

Hassan Fathy
In this now classic work, Hassan Fathy, Egypt’s greatest twentieth-century architect, describes in detail his plan for building the village of New Gourna on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor, employing both the traditional building material, mud brick, and such traditional Egyptian architectural features...

200 L.E

Architecture for the Dead Cairo’s Medieval Necropolis

Galila El Kadi and Alain Bonnamy
The great medieval necropolis of Cairo, comprising two main areas that together stretch twelve kilometers from north to south, constitutes a major feature of the city’s urban landscape. With monumental and smaller-scale mausolea dating from all eras since early medieval times, and boasting some of the...
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