“Ottoman Cairo”, a richly illustrated study of the Ottoman religious buildings of Cairo – News – Books
Ottoman Cairo by: Chahinda Karim
The book is a unique and lavishly illustrated survey of the Ottoman religious buildings that stand in Cairo today.
With the 1517 CE conquest of Egypt by the Ottomans, Cairo lost its position as the capital of the Islamic Empire to Istanbul, but it retained a prominent position as the second most important city, l Egypt is still considered one of the richest provinces in the world. new empire.
Round minarets with pointed caps, as symbols of the new rulers, began to fill the landscape alongside octagonal minarets with pavilion tops of the Mamluks, new mosques, zawiyas and madrasas/takiyas were built to emphasize the continuation of Sunni Islamic rule, while the use of tiles imported from Turkey introduced new decorative styles into the city’s existing rich carvings and marble panels.
This book invites readers and students to revisit a long overlooked era in Cairo’s architectural evolution, offering a unique and comprehensive survey of Ottoman religious buildings still standing today.
It provides detailed descriptions and guided tours of the buildings covered, visually, through its rich collection of plans, line drawings and photographs, and through the narrative that breathes life into each image, illuminating the continuous evolution of the architecture in Cairo even after the city ceased to be the capital of the Islamic Empire.
Chahinda Karim (1943–2021) was Adjunct Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo, where she held full-time teaching positions for several intervals beginning in 1984. She also was an adjunct professor at Helwan University for nearly twenty years. She received her BA and MA from the American University in Cairo, and her PhD in Islamic Art and Architecture from Cairo University. She has written extensively on Mamluk architecture, particularly the Bahri Mamluk period, for journal articles and collected volumes.