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Islamic Cairo – Episode IV: A Glimpse Inside Sultan Al-Zahir Barqouq Mosque

Egypt-based photographer Ahmad Ghonaim, previously featured on our blog through his “Islamic Cairo” photo shoots, has sent us his latest image gallery of Sultan Al-Zahir Barqouq Mosque located in Al-Moez Li-Din Allah Street, Old Cairo, Egypt. The facility was built in the Mamluk dynasty, between the years 1384 and 1386, and designed by architect Shihab al Din Ahmad ibn Muhammad al Tuluni. The Mosque is a complete educational complex, comprising a funerary hall and a school, along with the praying hall. This complex demonstrates a then-newly developed architectural style, with its marble paneling, bronze-plate doors, molded stone ornament, and elaborately worked minaret,… Read more »

Islamic Cairo – Episode III: Sufi Tannoora Dance

Tannoura is an Egyptian folk dance derived from the whirling dance performed as a Sufi religious festivity. The term Tannoura refers to the large skirt used in the performance. It’s considered one of the most popular dances in North Africa.

Islamic Cairo – Episode II: The Inside of Mohamed Ali Mosque

Built between 1830 and 1848, the Ottoman-style Mohamed ‘Ali Mosque or Alabaster Mosque is the most noticeable in all of Cairo. for more than 150 years it has dominated the skyline with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, making it one of the most visible mosques in Cairo. The 19th century islamic monument holds an impressive interior because of its enormity, and showing off wonderful arrangement of mass and space that is a characteristic of Istanbul mosques. The main, high dome of the mosque soars 52 meters high, with a diameter of 21 meters. The grandeur of this single, large chamber is enhanced by a circle… Read more »

Islamic Cairo – Episode I: Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque

This mosque was built for Ahmad ibn Tulun, son of a Turkish slave of the Abbasid caliph al-Ma’mun, From these humble origins he rose to great power, founding the Tulunid Dynasty (868-905 AD) of Egypt. Ibn Tulun founded a new royal city on an outcrop of rock called Jabal Yashkur near the Muqattam range to the northeast of al-Fustat (Southern central part of present day Cairo). The mosque that he had built over a period of three years (870 to 879 AD) out of mud-bricks, in order to accommodate all of his troops, it became the focal point of the Tulunid capital that lasted only 26… Read more »

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