The Rab' in Cairo : a window on Mamluk architecture and urbanism
Author(s)Sayed, Hazem I
Mamluk architecture and urbanism
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
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This dissertation is a reassessment of Mamluk architecture and urbanism in Cairo, based on a detailed study of one of the more important elements in its urban fabric, the rab' or apartment building. This building type is investigated via its extant examples and the extensive archival collection from the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. The salient features of the rab' are identified, and its variations noted. The relation of the rab' to private dwellings is elucidated, and the changes that occurred in the residential architecture of Cairo from the early Fatimid through the Mamluk periods are presented. Its role in the urban fabric and in the patterns of pious endowments is analyzed through reconstructions based on waqf document. New information about Mamluk architecture and urbanism brought to light by the study of the rab' is used to reassess some of the more widely accepted characterizations of the Mamluk period.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1987.Includes bibliographical references (p. 463-476).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology