Mohamed Elshahed

Cairo since 1900

An Architectural Guide


The city of a thousand minarets is also the city of eclectic modern constructions, turn-of-the-century revivalism and romanticism, concrete expressionism, and modernist design. Yet while much has been published on Cairo's ancient, medieval, and early-modern architectural heritage, the city's modern architecture has to date not received the attention it deserves. Cairo since 1900: An Architectural Guide is the first comprehensive architectural guide to the constructions that have shaped and continue to shape the Egyptian capital since the early twentieth century.

From the sleek apartment tower for Inji Zada in Ghamra designed by Antoine Selim Nahas in 1937, to the city's many examples of experimental church architecture, and visible landmarks such as the Mugamma and Arab League buildings, Cairo is home to a rich store of modernist building styles. Arranged by geographical area, the guide includes entries for more than 220 buildings and sites of note, each entry consisting of concise, explanatory text describing the building and its significance accompanied by photographs, drawings, and maps. This pocket-sized volume is an ideal companion for the city's visitors and residents as well as an invaluable resource for scholars and students of Cairo's architecture and urban history.

Über die Autorin / über den Autor:

Mohamed Elshahed is a Cairo-based architect and specialist on modern Egyptian architecture, urbanism, and visual culture. He completed his PhD in Middle East Studies at New York University and holds an MA in architecture studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He blogs at

Mercedes Volait is a research professor at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in Paris and an associate researcher at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. An architect and art historian by training, she specializes in the study of Orientalism in architecture, design, and antiquarianism in connection with Cairo in the nineteenth century. She is the author of several books on the art and architecture of Cairo.

Preis: CHF 51.50
Sprache: Englisch
Art: Broschiertes Buch
Erschienen: 2020
Verlag: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 978-977-416-869-7
Masse: 410 S.