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By Paula Sanders

This e-book argues that the historical urban we all know as Medieval Cairo was once created within the 19th century by means of either Egyptians and Europeans opposed to a history of 4 overlapping political and cultural contexts: the neighborhood Egyptian, Anglo-Egyptian, Anglo-Indian, and Ottoman imperial milieux. Addressing the interrelated issues of empire, neighborhood heritage, faith, and transnational history, historian Paula Sanders indicates how Cairo's architectural historical past turned canonized within the 19th and 20th centuries.

The publication additionally explains why and the way town assumed its generally Mamluk visual appeal and situates the actions of the European-dominated architectural renovation committee (known because the Comité) in the background of non secular lifestyles in nineteenth-century Cairo. providing clean views and willing old research, this quantity examines the unacknowledged colonial legacy that keeps to notify the perform of and debates over upkeep in Cairo.

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No. 3 (1899) C9231; Egypt No. 95; Egypt No. 441. Constructing Medieval Cairo in the Nineteenth Century 9 and reactions because, comprised of a diverse group of men—French, AustroHungarian, British, and Egyptian—it represents a cross-section of those who were concerned with the preservation of Arab art in the period, and its members represent the range of views that were under discussion at the time. At the same time, the Comite was larger than its membership: it was an official organization of the Egyptian government, and so its activities must be considered within all the contexts that were shaping fiscal and governmental policy within Egypt during the British occupation.

Cambridge History of Egypt, vol. 1, Islamic Egypt, 640–1517 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 360. 35. Amin, al-Awqaf, 98. El-Habashi, “Athar to Monuments,” 27. See also Nelly Hanna, Construction Work in Ottoman Cairo (1517-1798) (Cairo: Institut Français d’Archeologie Orientale du Caire, 1984), esp. lnn2-3, and 18–23. 36. Hanna, Construction Work, 5–6. 37. Unsigned article, “Protection of the Monuments of Cairo,” 4. 12 Constructing Medieval Cairo in the Nineteenth Century preservation during the Ottoman period and explain why these preservation strategies were not recognized by the Comite and its official supporters in the AngloEgyptian government.

151. 11 Classifying and recording India’s architecture was a primary element in the production of knowledge about India’s past. 12 In order to read these buildings properly, it was necessary to ascertain the Original context’ of monuments, a kind of inquiry that went hand-in-hand with the work of oriental philologists, who were constructing (in their view, reconstructing) from texts a systematic knowledge of India’s past. In his opening address to the Aryan section of the Second International Congress of Orientalists (London, 1874), Professor Max M€uller insisted that it was the orientalists who were restoring corrupted versions of religion to their pure forms.

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