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This course will examine the urban development and architectural heritage of Greater Cairo, Egypt since the reconstruction of the fortress of Babylon in the Roman period, through the establishment of Cairo itself in 969, and until the present. Cairo has always been a crossroads of cultures, set between Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It has been home to significant Jewish, Christian and Muslim populations who have been impacted by the various ruling dynasties who have held sway there, including the Byzantines, early Islamic rulers, Tulunids, Shi'i Fatimids, and later Sunni Ayyubids, Mamluks, and Ottomans. In the 20th century, rapid expansion has produced extreme pressures on transportation networks and housing. The solution to such problems of intense urbanization has been to build satellite cities including a projected new capital to the east that will connect the Nile to the Red Sea shipping industry, following in the footsteps of the past.
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cairo, world history, middle east
African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Arabic Studies | Architectural History and Criticism | Architecture | Arts and Humanities | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Near Eastern Languages and Societies | Urban Studies and Planning
DeLancey, Mark, "HAA 372 World Cities: Cairo, Mother of the World" (2019). Course Website Archive. 2.
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