Map Guide of Islamic Cairo

Authors: Yasser Ayad*, Clarion University
Topics: Historical Geography, Cartography, Middle East
Keywords: Islamic, Medieval, Cairo, Architecture, Heritage, History, Map, Guide
Session Type: Poster
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During the period of middle ages and renaissance in Europe, the Islamic Empire reached its peak and its art and architecture flourished and expanded. This period of the Egyptian history was generally marginalized in the West, much more emphasis was typically given to ancient Egyptian and Pharaonic dynasties. For many foreigners as well as mainstream Egyptians, the 1400 years of Islamic history represent complex and interwoven events that are challenging to perceive. This rich heritage of the core Cairene cultural urban fabric need an innovative approach to expose its significance and corresponding material to researchers as well as to the casual visitor. This project was an attempt in this direction. Extensive time and effort was invested in developing a database and in creating a series of online interactive interfaces that enable the documentation as well as the retrieval of information of different historical monuments in Cairo. Furthermore, a set of printed maps was prepared for publishing in the form of a guide book that would serve as a unique resource for tourists as well as locals when exploring the area. This poster summarizes this effort and presents samples of the produced guide maps of Islamic Cairo.

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