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The Sultan Ḥasan Complex in Cairo 1357-1364. A Case Study in the Formation of Mamluk Style

Abdallah Kahil

Beirut 2008. 436 pp. english text with 344 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-89913-643-2

This book centers around the famous Sultan Ḥasan Complex in Cairo (constructed in 1357), focusing on the architecture and decoration in its historical, urban and stylistic context. Despite having already been thoroughly studied by various scholars of Islamic art-history and architecture, this work’s value lies in its attempt to position the Complex’s stylistic aspects within the era of Mamluk Art and architecture rather than in foreign or distant influences. What is more, the author manages to identify the original edifice by relying on the waqf documents of the complex, as well as archaeological observations. This readdresses the question of its architect and even takes into consideration that two architects may have been involved in designing this magnificent building.   

Abdallah Kahil holds a M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in New York, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history of Art from New York University and has taught history of art and architecture in several universities including New York University and the Lebanese American University.