Creating Medieval Cairo: Empire, Religion, and Architectural Preservation in Nineteenth-Century Egypt by Paula SandersCreating Medieval Cairo: Empire, Religion, and Architectural Preservation in Nineteenth-Century Egypt by Paula Sanders

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

byPaula Sanders

Hardcover | January 15, 2008

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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: namely, the local Egyptian, Anglo-Egyptian, Anglo-Indian, and Ottoman imperialmilieux. Addressing the interrelated topics of empire, local history, religion, and transnational heritage, historian Paula Sanders shows how Cairo's architectural heritage became canonized in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.The book also explains why and how the city assumed its characteristically Mamluk appearance and situates the activities of the European-dominated architectural preservation committee (known as the Comite) within the history of religious life in nineteenth-century Cairo. Sanders explores such variedtopics as the British experience in India, the Egyptian debate over religious reform, and the influence of The Thousand and One Nights on European notions of the medieval Arab city. Offering fresh perspectives and keen historical analysis, this volume examines the unacknowledged colonial legacy thatcontinues to inform the practice of and debates over preservation in Cairo.
Paula Sanders is Associate Professor of History at Rice University. She is the author of Ritual, Politics, and the City in Fatimid Cairo. She has published articles in the fields of medieval Islamic history and historiography, gender, and the history of conservation in Cairo.
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Title:Creating Medieval Cairo: Empire, Religion, and Architectural Preservation in Nineteenth-Century…Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 6.18 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9774160959

ISBN - 13:9789774160950

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