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Egypt, art and architecture
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The Arab conquest of Egypt in 19/640 introduced to Egyptian art and architecture a new range of architectural typologies and decorative treatments. At the time of the conquest, extensive monumental remains from the Pharaonic to the late antique periods were preserved in Egypt. Although the formal influence of such buildings on the architecture of the following millennium was slight, the masonry itself provided a seemingly inexhaustible supply of raw materials for new construction. A variety of typologies, such as the courtyard mosque and the madrasa, were imported to cater to n…

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Warner, Nicholas, “Egypt, art and architecture”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_26139>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 9789004356627, 2017, 2018-1

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