|SES #||TOPICS||REQUIRED READINGS|
|1||Egypt from Alexander to the Islamic Conquest
History and geography.
The Nile and the site of Cairo.
The legacy of ancient Egypt.
Egypt on the eve of Islam
Christianity and the Copts.
The coming of Islam: Arabia and Egypt.
|Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. Islamic Architecture of Cairo: An Introduction. Leiden: Brill, 1989, pp. 3-34 and 47-57.
Raymond, Andre. Cairo. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000, pp. 7-30.
Kaegi, Walter. "Egypt on the Eve of the Muslim Conquest." In The Cambridge History of Egypt. Vol. 1, Islamic Egypt 640-1517. Edited by Carl F. Petry. Cambridge, 1998, pp. 34-61.
Rodenbeck, Max. Cairo: The City Victorious. New York: Knopf, 1999, pp. 1-56.
Abu-Lughod, Janet. Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious. Princeton, 1971, pp. 3-25.
Briggs, Martin. Muhammadan Architecture in Egypt and Palestine. New York, reprint 1974, pp. 47-62.
"Kahira." In Encyclopedia of Islam. 2nd ed. Vol. 4.
Dickie, James. "Allah and Eternity: Mosques, Madrasas, and Tombs." In Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning. Edited by G. Michell. pp. 65-79.
|2||Foundation of al-Fustat
What is a misr?
The Mosque of ‘Amru ibn al-‘As: the first mosque in Africa.
The vocabulary of the mosque: the minaret, the mihrab and the minbar.
|3||Abbasids and Tulunids (8th and 9th Century)
Imperial ambitions: Ibn Tulun and al-Ikhshid.
The foundation of al-Qata‘i.
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun.
Buildings of the Ikhshidids.