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The Network

The Network
Comité Bulletins
Photo Archive
Creswell’s Cairo: Then and Now
Books Online
Articles Online
Technical Glossary
Acknowledgements
Upcoming Additions
Contact Information


The Islamic Art Network

The Islamic Art Network is a project undertaken by the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation, a charitable, non-profit foundation that was established to advance, support and promote the protection, preservation, study and dissemination of the Islamic intellectual, cultural and artistic patrimony by any means deemed appropriate.

The Network currently consists of the following sections:

Comité Bulletins


The Bulletins are a standard resource for the study of the Islamic architecture of Cairo as they describe the restoration work on all its Islamic monuments between 1882 –1953 by the Comité de Conservation des Monuments de l’Art Arabe. They include photographs, drawings, and plans of buildings that have disappeared and of others distorted by later restoration work. For this reason they are invaluable. They also have full descriptions of these monuments and their historical backgrounds.

Photo Archive


A team of photographers have been documenting photographically the Islamic monuments of Cairo for the digital photo archive of the Network. The aim is to cover all of Cairo and then the rest of Egypt. The second step will be recording the monuments around the Islamic world, with cities such as Fez, Istanbul, Damascus and Isfahan fully exhibited.

Creswell’s Cairo: Then and Now


An exhibition that was organised to honour one of the founders of the discipline of Islamic Art and Architecture History, Professor Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell, and to commemorate his efforts in documenting Islamic buildings not only in Cairo but all over the Muslim world.

The Islamic Art Network has taken a selection of the black and white photographs from the Creswell Collection at the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the American University in Cairo, and matched these with colour photographs shot from an identical perspective in the year 2003. The Exhibition was inaugurated on December 22nd 2003 by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Books Online


The Islamic Art Network is planning to make books on Islamic art and architecture that have gone out of print digitally available through its website. The first book that has been added to our website is the monograph on the mosque of Sultan Hasan written by Max Herz Pasha in 1899 entitled Mosquée du Sultan Hassan au Caire.

Articles Online


As a source of reference the Network has several rare articles online. The topics of the articles range from woodwork, numismatics, and architecture to pottery. The first step was the digitisation of the articles published in the Bulletins and Memoires of the Institut d’Egypte.

Technical Glossary


This glossary is composed of all the terms common in the field of Islamic art and architecture including Islamic dynasties, craftsmen vocabulary, endowment deeds’ vocabulary, etc.

Acknowledgements


The Islamic Art Network would like to thank the Rare Books and Special Collection library (RBSC) at the American University of Cairo, for permission to scan their collection of the Comité bulletins, their map of Southern Cairo and the use of their Creswell collection. Their generosity and continued support is greatly appreciated, without which the Network would never have included the bulletins in their present form.
We would also like to thank Dr. Alaa El-Habashi for contributing missing bulletins from his private collection, as well as for the loan of his map of Northern Cairo, and for his frequent advice and assistance.


Upcoming Additions to the Network:

A Navigable map of Cairo
The standard reference for the location of the Islamic monuments of Cairo is a map printed in 1948 by the Survey of Egypt. This map is the culmination of the work started by Pierre Grand Bey, an active member of the Comité de Conservation des Monuments de l’Art Arabe, in 1874 for Khedive Isma‘il. Although the map is still available in Arabic, the English version is now out of print. Reproduced on the Network’s website will be the plans of both northern and southern Cairo, originally on two separate sheets, at a scale of 1:5000, following the original colour-coding, that assigned a different colour to each historical era.

Searchable Bibliography
A fully comprehensive bibliography of all the literature written about or relevant to Islamic art and architecture.

Contact Information

Islamic Art Network
21 Misr Helwan al-Ziraa‘i St.,
9th Floor,
Al-Ma'adi, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: 00-202-3801764
Fax: 00-202-3802171
Site: www.islamic-art.org
E-mail: mail@islamic-art.org

 

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