Pictures from Cairo: A Revolution Tells its Own Story – Goethe de article on ‘Cairo Open City’ photo collection exhibition in City of Essen,Germany

While the media are presently focussed on civil war-plagued Syria, the exhibition Cairo. Open City at the Folkwang Museum Essen tells of the upheavals in Egypt. The images are not merely bearers of information, but also objects of study. By Lisa Mayerhöfer Protesters on Tahrir Square on 8 April 2011 (Photo: Mosa’ab Elshamy) Images of…

Aga Khan Foundation helps preserve Cairo’s past — Daily News Egypt com

A unique multi-national foundation, concerned with preserving cultural heritage and focusing on renovating the remnants of historic civilizations View of the Citadel from Al-Azhar Park Haddara “snip” The Aga Khan Foundation aims to help develop different areas of society, including cultural and social areas, in underdeveloped countries. The foundation was established in 1967 and since…

In Brief: Little Known Facts From Ismaili History – (I) The Imitation of Fatimid Gold Coins in Christian Kingdoms – Simerg com

BRIEF FACTS FROM ISMAILI HISTORY “In the twelfth century the gold dinars of the Fatimid caliphs of Egypt were so highly valued throughout the Middle East, especially by Syrian merchants, that the Christian kingdoms founded in Palestine by the Crusaders began to issue imitations of them. These imitations, the so-called “Saracenic besants”, were clumsily produced…

Cairo celebrates the art of calligraphy — Al Arabiya Net News

Cairo plays host to the International Festival for Arabic Calligraphy, where colorful pieces of intricate Arabic typography are showcased. (Reuters) Cairo may be best known for its ancient Egyptian ruins, but it is also home to a vast amount of Islamic history.In the busy Cairo streets that history is there for all to see with…

Cairo’s Al-Azhar Park – By Idris Tawfiq at The Egyptian Gazette

It is really difficult to say whether it’s better to visit during the day or in the evening. Both have their attractions. In the day, the panoramic views of the surrounding area are truly splendid. Al-Azhar Park In fact, the view of the Citadel from the promenade is perhaps one of the finest views anywhere…

German language article ‘Ein Paradies – auch für die Armen’ at NZZ online on Cairo’s Al-Azhar-Park

  Der Al-Azhar-Park ist Herz und grüne Lunge für Kairos Altstadt ***** Die zentrale Allee des Al-Azhar-Parks und die Zitadelle mit der Mohammed-Ali-Moschee. (Bild: Keystone / EPA) Der Al-Azhar-Park gilt nicht nur als grösste geschlossene innerstädtische Grünfläche im Nahen Osten. Durch seinen Bau und die Unterhaltsarbeitengelang auf vorbildliche Weise dieWiederbelebung eines darniederliegenden Wohnquartiers am Rand von…

The Arts of Darb al-Ahmar, Cairo – AKDN Press Centre

  Click on the image to download the catalogue (PDF, 7MB) “The Arts of Darb al Ahmar”, a catalogue showcasing the unique arts of Egyptian craftspeople who work in the district of Darb al-Ahmar, at the heart of Historic Cairo, is now available. The designers and producers featured in the catalogue received support from the…

Cairo’s Fancy Fliers: 200 types of fancy pigeons-keeping dates back to the times of the Pharaohs – Saudi Armco World’s article with remarkable photos

  Click here to view the photos    Pigeons are often stereotyped as dirty street birds, but—as these fashionable fliers in Cairo demonstrate—they can be not only beautiful but even stunning. Take the Jacobins with their regal-looking mane of soft feathers, like Greta Garbo snuggled in a fur coat; Oriental Frills with reversed feathering on…

NZZ, newspaper’s German language article on Cairo, the slums, new developments, future visions, AKDN roll in Al-azhar park and the Al-Darb Al-Ahmar project etc…

Die Wüste lebt Kairos Stadtplaner suchen nach Auswegen aus Armut und Überbevölkerung Futuristische Metropole – nach den Vorstellungen des Kairoer Architekturbüros Cube soll im Jahr 2050 eine Prachtsallee zu den Pyramiden führen. (Bild: PD)   Enge, Lärm und Verkehr prägen Ägyptens Hauptstadt seit Jahrzehnten. Die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung lebt mittlerweile in spontan errichteten Siedlungen am Stadtrand….

GPISH Students Visit Egypt and Syria – The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Students from the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH), Class of 2012, went on educational trips to Egypt and Syria during the summer. These visits provided the students with an opportunity to better understand the past and present dynamism of Muslim societies, including the Ismailis, in these regions. In Cairo, the students…

Cairo’s Green Lung – Al-Azhar Park

The 74-acre park was inaugurated in 2005 and funded ($30 million) by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. According to touregypt.net: “The Aga Khan decided to donate a park to the citizens of Cairo in 1984, out of the Islamic belief that we are all trustees of God’s creation and therefore must seek to leave…

Cairo: Money for Nothing, a Reno For Free

by Deborah Campbell Kairo— In Khan al-Khalili bazaar, near the two-hundred-year-old al-Fishawi café where the Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz penned his magnificent sagas of Egyptian life, two tiny girls in ragged party dresses stomped joyfully through the puddles of a burst water main. Across the street in Darb al-Ahmar, middle-aged men were playing rapid-fire card…

14th century Cairo mosque restored to glory

By JOSEPH FREEMAN (AP) CAIRO — Developers unveiled the restoration of a 650-year-old mosque in Cairo’s old city, part of an effort to revitalize the impoverished district and boost tourism to the country’s treasure trove of Islamic sites. The three-year, $1.4 million project restored the Aslam al-Silahdar Mosque, built in 1344-1345 by Aslam al-Bahai, an…