History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo Its Fortress, Churches, Synagogue, and Mosque
A celebration of the history of religious life in the early Egyptian capital, in text and pictures.Just to the south of modern Cairo stands the historic enclave known as Old Cairo, which grew up in and around the Roman fortress of Babylon, and which More...
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A celebration of the history of religious life in the early Egyptian capital, in text and pictures.Just to the south of modern Cairo stands the historic enclave known as Old Cairo, which grew up in and around the Roman fortress of Babylon, and which today hosts a unique collection of monuments that attest to the shared cultural heritage of ancient Egyptians, Christians, Jews, and Muslims.In this lavishly illustrated celebration of a very special place, renowned photographer Sherif Sonbol's remarkable images of the fortress, churches, synagogue, and mosque illuminate the living fabric of the ancient and medieval stones, while Gawdat Gabra describes the history of Old Cairo from thetime of the ancient Egyptians and the Romans to the founding of the first Muslim city of al-Fustat. Stefan Reif focuses on the Jewish history of the area, exploring the famous Genizah documents found in the Ben Ezra Synagogue that tell so much about everyday life in medieval Egypt. Gertrud van Loonlooks at the early Coptic Christian churches, some of the oldest in the world, and Tarek Swelim describes the arrival of the Muslims in the seventh century, their establishment of al-Fustat on the edge of Old Cairo, and the building of the Mosque of 'Amr ibn al-'As, the oldest mosque inAfrica.
Gawdat Gabra is the former director of the Coptic Museum and the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books on the history and culture of Egyptian Christianity, including The Treasures of Coptic Art (AUC Press, 2006) and The Churches of Egypt (AUC Press, 2007). He is currently visitingprofessor of Coptic studies at Claremont Graduate University, California. Gertrud J.M. van Loon specializes in Coptic art and archaeology. She holds a PhD from Leiden University, where she is currently working as a researcher. She is the coauthor of The Churches of Egypt (AUC Press, 2007). StefanReif is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Studies and fellow of St. John's College at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of many books and articles, including most recently A Jewish Archive from Old Cairo, Problems with Prayers, and Charles Taylor and the Genizah Collection. TarekSwelim earned his PhD in Islamic art and architecture from Harvard University. He has taught at the American University in Cairo, and is the author of diverse publications on Mamluk, Ottoman, and Roman architecture. He is a lecturer and guide, leading tours for prestigious American institutionsthroughout Egypt, North Africa, and the Middle East. Carolyn Ludwig is the author of Jewels in Our Crown: Churches of Los Angeles (2003) and editor of The Churches of Egypt (AUC Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and is a frequent visitor to Egypt. Sherif Sonbol is a highly regarded Egyptianphotographer. He has contributed photographs to numerous illustrated books, including The Churches of Egypt (AUC Press, 2008) and The Nile Cruise (AUC Press, 2010).