|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.