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Author: Doris Behrens-Abouseif


Professor Doris Behrens-Abouseif (Ph.D (Hamburg) HABIL (Freiburg)), is Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University. She has previously taught Islamic art and architecture at Universities in Egypt (American University of Cairo), Germany (Universities of Berlin, Freiburg and Munich), and the United States (Harvard University). She is a specialist in Mamluk and Ottoman arts of Egypt and Syria and in social history. Her research interests include urbanism and waqf history, Islamic cultural history and concepts of aesthetics, the decorative arts of Islam and later Islamic painting. Her recent publications include: Topographie medievale d?Alexandrie in C. Decobert and J-Y Empereur (eds.), Alexandrie Medievale II, (Cairo, 2002), pp. 1-13; Sultan al-Ghawri and the Arts, Mamluk Studies Review 6 (2002), pp. 69-75; Trois Planches de Pascal Coste in D. Panzac and A. Raymond (eds.), La France et l?Egypte ? l?epoque des Vice-Rois (Cairo, 2002), pp. 101- 110; and Mamluk and Post-Mamluk Metal Lamps, (Cairo, 1995).

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Al-Azhar Mosque

The al-Azhar Mosque (970)

Al-Azhar is today the most celebrated of all Cairo’s medieval mosques, more because of its historic and reli­gious importance than its aesthetic value. It was the first mosque built in Fatimid Cairo and…

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