Catalogue


Living in historic Cairo : past and present in an Islamic city /
edited by Farhad Daftary, Elizabeth Fernea and Azim Nanji.
imprint
London : Azimuth Editions : In association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies ; Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, c2010.
description
300 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 27 cm. + 1 DVD (53 min. : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.)
ISBN
1898592284, 9781898592280
format(s)
Book, DVD
Holdings
More Details
imprint
London : Azimuth Editions : In association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies ; Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, c2010.
isbn
1898592284
9781898592280
general note
DVD directed by Maysoon Pachachi; produced by Elizabeth Fernea.
DVD title: Living with the past : historic Cairo. From DVD slipcase: "One of the great cities of the world, Cairo still has much of its medieval centre intact. This film portrays al-Darb al-Ahmar, a vibrant area in the heart of the old city. ...the film follows several interwoven restoration projects undertaken with a unique approach. These projects combine conservation with social, cultural and economic neighbourhood schemes that aim not only to rescue endangered mouments but also to preserve the spirit and vitality of the community."
catalogue key
7177150
technical details
DVD. Aspect ratio 4:3; Stereo 2.0, NTSC, region 0.
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-299).
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Living in Historic Cairo examines Cairo across the centuries, from the 7th century AD to the present. It discusses the programs of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for restoring historic monuments in the district of al-Darb al-Amar and for reviving and improving the social and economic life of the old city. It also seeks to convey what the residents of the old city think about these projects. --DVD-Living with the Past: Historic Cairo (2001), 56 mins, Directed by Maysoon Pachachi for Echo Productions.-Produced by Elizabeth Fernea this film portrays Darb al-Ahmar, a neighbourhood in the heart of the old city. Designed as a companion to the book the film follows several interwoven restoration projects undertaken with a unique approach combining conservation with social, cultural and economic neighbourhood schemes that aim not only to rescue endangered monuments but also to preserve the spirit and vitality of the community.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-08-01:
A royal capital of the Fatimid dynasty from 969 to 1171, Cairo entered the modern era in a state of decline. This book tells the story of the restoration of the historic monuments in Cairo's al-Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood and of the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of the people in that area by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. The accompanying DVD of the 2001 documentary Living with the Past: Historic Cairo personalizes the project by presenting the viewpoints of the restorers and archaeologists. Divided into two sections, the book covers the neighborhood's historical and contemporary lives. Subjects range from medieval guilds, science, education, and religion to contemporary labor laws, apprenticeships, and the social security system, and discuss the dilemma of evicting, compensating, and otherwise employing shopkeepers whose shops are attached to the monuments being restored. While lavishly illustrated, fascinating to read, and well documented by endnotes and bibliography, the book lacks background information on the chapters' authors, an explanation of the Islamic dating system, and an index. Summing Up: Recommended. Interested general readers, undergraduates through professionals. N. Mactague Aurora University
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Choice, August 2010
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work examines Cairo from the first century AH/seventh century AD onwards, considering the relationships between the physical layout of the city and its historic buildings, its economy, and its social, cultural, and religious life.
Main Description
he history of Cairo is usually presented in terms of periods and dynasties such as the Fatimid or Ayyubid. The modern history of Egypt is generally held to begin in the last decades of the nineteenth century with the emergence of a new, modern city, constructed by the Khedives of Egypt along European lines. This illustrated book examines Cairo from the first century AH/seventh century AD until the present, considering the relationships between the physical layout of the city and its historic buildings, its economy, and its social, cultural, and religious life. The book discusses the programs of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, both for restoring historic monuments in the district of al-Darb al-Ahmar and for reviving and improving the social and economic life of the old city. It also seeks to convey what the residents of the old city think about these projects, to clarify what, if any, is the felt relationship between the great monuments like Bab al-Zuwayla and the people who live nearby and what can be learned from this experience for similar restoration projects in other parts of the world.--No previous book has dealt with Cairo across so wide a range of periods and subjects, examining the relationships between the inhabitants of Cairo and their city and the relationships between past and present.-- Economics, architecture, and religious practices in past ages all have reverberations in the present. The contributors range from academics with expertise in Islamic history and architecture, such as Nasser Rabbat and Roy Mottahedeh, to the personnel who were engaged in the restoration projects.--A DVD of the film Living with the Past: Historic Cairo (2001, 56 minutes, directed by Maysoon Pachachi for Echo Productions, produced by Elizabeth Fernea) accompanies the book. It portrays al-Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood in the heart of the old city, and follows several interwoven restoration projects undertaken with a unique approach combining conservation with social, cultural, and economic neighborhood schemes that aim not only to rescue endangered monuments but also to preserve the spirit and vitality of the community.
Main Description
The history of Cairo is usually presented in terms of periods and dynasties such as the Fatimid or Ayyubid. The modern history of Egypt is generally held to begin in the last decades of the nineteenth century with the emergence of a new, modern city, constructed by the Khedives of Egypt along European lines. This illustrated book examines Cairo from the first century AH/seventh century AD until the present, considering the relationships between the physical layout of the city and its historic buildings, its economy, and its social, cultural, and religious life. The book discusses the programs of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, both for restoring historic monuments in the district of al-Darb al-Ahmar and for reviving and improving the social and economic life of the old city. It also seeks to convey what the residents of the old city think about these projects, to clarify what, if any, is the felt relationship between the great monuments like Bab al-Zuwayla and the people who live nearby and what can be learned from this experience for similar restoration projects in other parts of the world.--No previous book has dealt with Cairo across so wide a range of periods and subjects, examining the relationships between the inhabitants of Cairo and their city and the relationships between past and present.-- Economics, architecture, and religious practices in past ages all have reverberations in the present. The contributors range from academics with expertise in Islamic history and architecture, such as Nasser Rabbat and Roy Mottahedeh, to the personnel who were engaged in the restoration projects.--A DVD of the film Living with the Past: Historic Cairo (2001, 56 minutes, directed by Maysoon Pachachi for Echo Productions, produced by Elizabeth Fernea) accompanies the book. It portrays al-Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood in the heart of the old city, and follows several interwoven restoration projects undertaken with a unique approach combining conservation with social, cultural, and economic neighborhood schemes that aim not only to rescue endangered monuments but also to preserve the spirit and vitality of the community.

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