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An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Cairo: Yuhanna al-Armani and His Coptic Icons [Hardcover]

By Magdi Guirguis & Nabil Mankabadi (Photographer)
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Yuhanna al-Armani has long been known by historians of Coptic art as an eighteenth-century Armenian icon painter who lived and worked in Ottoman Cairo. Here for the first time is an account of his life that looks beyond his artistic production to place him firmly in the social, political, and economic milieu in which he moved and the confluence of interests that allowed him to flourish as a painter.

Who was Yuhanna al-Armani? What was his network of relationships? How does this shed light on the contacts between Cairos Coptic and Armenian communities in the eighteenth century? Why was there so much demand for his work at that particular time? And how did a member of Cairos then relatively modest Armenian community reach such heights of artistic and creative endeavor? Drawing on eighteenth-century deeds relating to al-Armani and other members of his social network recorded in the registers of the Ottoman courts, Magdi Guirguis offers a fascinating glimpse into the ways of life of urban dwellers in eighteenth-century Ottoman Cairo, at a time when a civilian elite had reached a high level of prominence and wealth. Al-Armanis life and career tell us much about the immediate world to which he belonged and about the wider context of the Ottoman Empire, which constituted a vast trading area under a single juridical whole. Illustrated with 28 full-color reproductions of his icons, Yuhanna al-Armani is a rich and compelling window on Cairene social history that will interest students and scholars of art history, Coptic studies, or Ottoman history, as well as anyone looking to learn more about Coptic or Armenian culture in Egypt.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   131
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 7.5" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.04 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2008
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774161521  
ISBN13  9789774161520  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Magdi Guirguis is an independent researcher with a Ph.D. from Cairo University, and a specialist in Egyptian documentary sources from the Ottoman period.

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view of communities in the Ottoman Empire  Nov 16, 2008
Guiguis tells the story of a somewhat renowned Armenian artist from the 17th century, who lived in Cairo when Egypt was part of the Ottoman Empire. Through the narrative, we see the experiences of Christian minorities under Ottoman rule. There were elements of religious factionalism, between Copts and Armenians. However al-Armani made much of his career making icons for Coptic churches, and personally had no problem interacting with these churches.

Al-Armani's life lets us see the fabric of various ethnic and religious groups within the Ottoman Empire, and the numerous ties of custom between them.

The book has numerous colour plates of several surviving icons.

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