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The Sultan's Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo, Istanbul, and Amsterdam

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The small sabil-kuttab (a charitable foundation particular to Cairo that combines a public water dispensary with a Quranic school) built in 1760 opposite the venerated Sayida Zeinab Mosque is almost unique in Cairo: it is one of only two dedicated by a reigning Ottoman sultan, and--astonishingly--it is decorated inside with blue-and-white tiles from Amsterdam depicting happy scenes from the Dutch countryside. Why did the sultan, Mustafa III, cloistered in his Istanbul palace, decide to build a sabil in Cairo? Why did he choose this site for it? How did it come to be adorned with Dutch tiles? What were the connections between Cairo, Istanbul, and Amsterdam in the middle of the eighteenth century? The authors answer these questions and many more in this entertaining and beautifully illustrated history of an extraordinary building, describing also the recent conservation efforts to preserve it for posterity.

Book News Annotation:

An exquisite small building built by the Ottoman Sultan Mustafa III in 1760 is the subject of this fascinating, accessible, and heavily illustrated history. The volume describes the building's design as a charitable foundation containing a public fountain and a school, and for its unique history, architectural style, and decoration, which combine classic Turkish Ottoman features with Dutch tile decoration and Cairene architectural principles. Husband and wife, the authors are architects based in Cairo. Distributed in North America by Oxford University Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Agnieszka Dobrowolska is a conservation architect and the author of Muhammad 'Ali Pasha and His Sabil (with Khaled Fahmy, AUC Press, 2004) and The Building Crafts of Cairo (AUC Press, 2005).

Jaroslaw Dobrowolski is an architect and the author of The Living Stones of Cairo (AUC Press, 2001). A husband-and-wife team, they also authored Heliopolis: Rebirth of the City of the Sun (AUC Press, 2006).

Table of Contents

ISTANBUL: THE SULTAN

Along the Nile, and on the Bosphorus

"Do not expect us to save the world which is being ruined"

Mustafa the Builder

CAIRO: THE SABIL

Architecture as a Message

"God has purified you, O Sister of al-Husayn"

The Canal

One Building, Different Histories

AMSTERDAM: THE TILES

The Delft Blue

Little Holland on a Different Canal

THE TALE OF A MUTE STORYTELLER

The Story of Ninety Thousand Days

Conservation: The Treatment

Conservation: The People

Product Details

ISBN:
9789774165238
Author:
Dobrowolska, Agnieszka And Jaroslaw Dobrowolski.
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Author:
Dobrowolska, Ag
Author:
nieszka
Author:
Dobrowolski, Jaroslaw
Author:
Dobrowolska, Agnieszka
Subject:
History
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
220 color illus
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
6.5 x 9.2 x 0.6 in 1.35 lb

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