Item description for Quesir: An Ottoman and Napoleonic Fortress on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt (American Research Center in Egypt Conservation) by Charles Le Quesne, Julian Whitewright, Tim Loveless, Martin Hense & Salima Ikram...
This volume presents the results of recent archaeological and historical studies of the Ottoman fort of Quseir, which was Upper Egypt's only direct outlet to the Red Sea at that time. Illustrated with over 100 maps, drawings, and photos, this groundbreaking study examines a key example of Ottoman-era material culture in Egypt--a topic largely overlooked by archaeologists. With contributions from seven historians and archaeologists, Quseir traces the development and history of an important Ottoman fortress, built near an abandoned medieval port. Its establishment was part of a constant struggle by the Ottoman state to maintain control of the desert and the routes across it. Studies of the archaeological remains from the fort reveal the presence of reused stones from a Greco-Roman temple and emphasize its key role as a regional grain entrept and port of embarkation for Muslim pilgrims on the way to Mecca. Quseir is a portrait of a place at the boundary of two powerful cultural and economic systems. While serving as an outlet for the pilgrims and produce of Upper Egypt, Quseir also played a role in the distinctive maritime culture of the Red Sea. This study also reveals in detail for the first time the story of the struggle between the British and French for control of Quseir during the Napoleonic occupation of 1798-1801. Drawing on recent archaeological investigations and new archival research, Quseir offers important new scholarship on a key Ottoman site.
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Studio: AUC Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 7" Height: 9.75" Weight: 2.84 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
Publisher AUC Press
ISBN 9774160096 ISBN13 9789774160097
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More About Charles Le Quesne, Julian Whitewright, Tim Loveless, Martin Hense & Salima Ikram
CHARLES LE QUESNE is a professional archaeologist, based in the United Kingdom. He has been interested in the archaeology of medieval Egypt for many years, working on a series of fieldwork and conservation projects in Old Cairo/Fustat in the 1990's. He is presently studying for a PhD on the archaeology of the medieval Red Sea at Southampton University.