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The “Fatimid” Doors Of The Fakahani Mosque In Cairo

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In 1969, soon after he had arrived at Harvard?s Fine Arts Department, Oleg Grabar presented a paper at the international colloquium celebrating the millennium of Cairo in which he proposed a new and provocative explanation for the prominence of figural iconography in Fatimid art. This chapter talks bout the ?Fatimid? doors of the Fakahani Mosque in Cairo. The Fakahani Mosque stands on the east side of Shariʿ al-Muʿizz li-Din Allah/Shariʿ al-Ghuriyya. The Fakahani doors are unlike either typical exterior doors of the period 1000?1200, with one horizontal panel alternating with two vertical ones on the interior side of the door, or typical interior doors, with only vertical panels, arranged in rows. In contrast, the interior faces of both sets of doors from the Fakahani mosque show the expected and typical arrangement of single horizontal panels alternating with two vertical ones, although the panels themselves are quite devoid of decoration.

Keywords: Cairo; Fakahani Mosque; Fatimid doors; Oleg Grabar



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