Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Architecture
History, Theory & Criticism Section



Books and Edited Volumes

The Citadel of Cairo: A New Interpretation of Royal Mamluk Architecture, (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1995).

Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition, ed. D. Reynolds (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001). Co-author (with K. Brustad, M. Cooperson, J. Elias, N. Khoury, J. Lowry, Sh. Toorawa, D. F. Reynolds, and D. Stewart).

Thaqafat al Bina’ wa Bina’ al-Thaqafa: Buhuth wa Maqalat fi Naqd wa Tarikh al-‘Imara. (The Culture of Building and Building Culture: Essays and Articles on Criticism and History of Architecture) (Beirut: Riad Alrayyes Publisher, 2002).

Making Cairo Medieval, eds. Nezar AlSayyad, Irene Bierman, and Nasser Rabbat (Lantham, Md.: Lexington Press, 2005).

The Citadel of Cairo: A Guidebook (Cairo: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2010), in English and Arabic.

Al-Mudun al-Mayyita: Durus min Madhih wa-Ru’an li-Mustaqbaliha (The Dead Cities: Lessons from its History and Views on its Future) (Damascus: al-Aws Publishers, 2010).

Mamluk History Through Architecture: Building, Culture, and Politics in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (London: I. B. Tauris, 2010).
Received the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies, 2011.

Editor, The Courtyard House between Cultural Reference and Universal Relevance. (London: Ashgate, 2010).

Scholarly Articles and Book Sections

“Was al-Maqr?z?’s Khi?a? a Khald?nian History?” Der Islam 89, 1-2 (November 2012): 118–140.

“The Arab Revolution Takes Back the Public Space” Critical Inquiry 39, 1 (Autumn, 2012): 198-208.

“Surveying Islamic Art and Architecture,” in Eothen: Münchner Beiträge zur Geschichte der islamischen Kunst und Kultur, Band 5 (Munich, 2012): 267-274.

“In Search of a Triumphant Image: the Experimental Quality of Early Mamluk Art,” in The Arts of the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria­­ – Evolution and Impact, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, ed. (Berlin: Bonn University Press, 2012), 21-35.

“What is Islamic Architecture?” in Architecture in Islamic Art: Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum, M. Graves & B. Junod, eds. (Geneva: the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2012), 17-29. Republished with changes as ‘What is Islamic architecture anyway?’ in Journal of Art Historiography, no. 6: special issue, “Islamic art historiography”,

‘What’s in a Name? The New “Islamic Art” Galleries at the Met,’ Artforum 50, 8 (January 2012): 75-78.

“MIA and the Memory of Ibn Tulun,” in Reflections on Islamic Art, Ahdaf Soueif ed. (Doha, Qatar: Qatar Museum Authority, 2011), 231-37.

“The Pedigreed Domain of Architecture: A View from the Cultural Margin,” Perspecta 44 (2011): 6-11.

“Mosques and the Western Claim of Secularism,” in Faith in the City: The Mosque in the Contemporary Urban West, Justin Jaeckle and Füsun Türetken, eds. (London: The Architecture Foundation, 2011), 4-7.

"Circling the Square: Architecture and Revolution in Cairo," Artforum 49, 8 (April 2011): 182-91.

“The Urban Character of al-Darb al-Ahmar,” in Living in Historic Cairo: Past and Present in an Islamic City, Farhad Daftary, Elizabeth Fernea, and Azim Nanji, eds. (London: Azimuth Editions; Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2010), 28-34.

“Umayyad Architecture: A Spectacular Intra-Cultural Synthesis in Bilad al-Sham,” in Residences, Castles, Settlements: Transformation Processes from Late Antiquity to Early Islam in Bilad al-Sham. Karin Bartl and Abd al-Razzaq Moaz, eds. (Rahden/Westfalen: Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, 2009),13-18.

“Design Without Representation in Medieval Egypt,” Muqarnas 25 (2008): 147-54 (Special Issue—Frontiers of Islamic Art and Architecture: Essays in Celebration of Oleg Grabar’s Eightieth Birthday).

“Egypt: Modernity and Identity,” The Middle East Institute Viewpoints: Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East (2008): 16-18.

“‘Ajib and Gharib: Artistic Perception in Medieval Arabic Sources,” The Medieval History Journal 9, 1 (2006): 99-113.
“Günümüzde ?slam Mimarl??? Ara?t?rmalar?,“ Arredamento Mimarl?k 5 (2006): 75-78.

Other Articles and Book Sections

“Arab secularism and its discontents,” Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy Blog, Sunday, July 1, 2012

“Jarr al-‘Amud,” Turath: Egypt’s Heritage Review. 0(2008): 78-80.

"A Mosque and an Imperial Dream," al-Ahram Weekly (18-24 August 2005),18,

"Foreword," to Adonis, A Time between Ashes and Roses, translated from the Arabic by Shawkat M. Toorawa (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2004).

"On being named Nasser," Al-Ahram Weekly (18-24 July 2002), 16,

“Le classicisme, version arabe contemporaine," Qantara 42 (Hiver 2001-2002): 30-34.

"Salâh al-Dîn et l'imaginaire," Qantara 41 (Automne 2001): 30-36.

Scholarly Articles in Arabic

“An Architectural Boom in the Arabian Gulf,” Lonaard-Art and Architecture Magazine vol. 1, issue 2 (March 2011): 22-26.

“Al-Ghitani, Shalabi, and Naguib Surur: al-Maqrizi in the Contemporary Egyptian Consciousness,” Wughat Nazar 128 (October 2009): 48-53.

“My Home is my Castle: Those who are defending their houses in Cairo,” Wughat Nazar 123 (April 2009): 40-44.

“Women in al-Maqrizi’s Life,” Wughat Nazar 114 (July 2008): 48-52.

“The Concept of Architecture in Medieval Islamic Writings,” ‘Alam al-Fikr 34, 4 (April-June 2006): 7-35.

"The Problem of Identity in Contemporary Arab Architecture," Majallat al-Funun 61 (January 2006): 25-27.

Encyclopedia Entries

Articles "Shadirwan," in the Encyclopedia of Islam, 2d ed. (1960-continuing) 9: 175-76; "tiraz," forthcoming; "Riwak," 8: 544-45; "Ribat," 8: 506. "Rank," 8: 431-33.

Articles, "Mosque," "Abbasids," "Mu‘awiya," "‘Abd al-Malik," "al-Tabari," and "al-Baladhuri," in Late Antiquity A Guide to the Late Antique World, G. W. Bowersock, P. Brown, and O. Grabar eds., (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999).

Article "the City," in Encyclopedia of the Qur’an. E.J. Brill Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands (2001-).
Article "Damascus," in Encyclopædia Britannica Online 2008.

Article “D?r al-?Adl (premodern)” in The Encyclopedia of Islam, 3d ed. (2007-continuing): Part 2012-4.

Book in Press

L'art Islamique à la recherche d'une méthode historique: a book of collected essays to be published by the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale au Caire, 2013.

Book Reviews

Nancy Khalek, Damascus after the Muslim Conquest: Text and Image in Early Islam, in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 43, 3 (Winter 2013): 505-506.

Abdallah Kahil, The Sultan Hasan Complex in Cairo 1357-1364: A Case Study in the Formation of Mamluk Style, in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 70,1 (March 2011): 119-21.

Nicholas Warner, The True Description of Cairo: A Sixteenth-Century Venetian View, and Richard Yeomans, The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo, in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67,1 (March 2008): 144-46.