Item description for Muhammad Ali Pasha and His Sabil by Agnieszka Dobrowolska & Khaled Fahmey...
Muhammad Ali Pasha, who ruled Egypt from 1805 to 1848, was a dynamic and far-sighted leader and is credited by many with the modernization of the country. When his son Tusun died of plague in 1816, the grief-stricken father commemorated him with a sabil (a public cistern and water dispenser) of an architectural and decorative style entirely new to Egypt. The sabil fell into disuse and disrepair in the twentieth century, but after a painstaking conservation program lasting six years, it is once again an architectural jewel, now open to the public. This guide to the spectacular and important sabil in the heart of historic Cairo explains why and how it was constructed, how it was used, and how it changed over time. It also tells the story of the extraordinary life and fascinating personality of the founder of the building, Muhammad 'Ali Pasha.
This account introduces the general reader to a unique building, and offers an insight into events in a crucial period in Egypt's history. The book is illustrated with many photographs, diagrams, historical engravings, and reproductions of unpublished documents and letters.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774248317 ISBN13 9789774248313
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More About Agnieszka Dobrowolska & Khaled Fahmey
Agnieszka Dobrowolska is a conservation architect who has worked on many archaeological and conservation sites in Egypt, and directed a number of architectural conservation projects in Historic Cairo for the American Research Center in Egypt. She is the author of Muhammad Ali Pasha and His Sabil (AUC Press 2004).