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Living with Heritage in CairoArea Conservation in the ArabIslamic City$
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Ahmed Sedky

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162459

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162459.001.0001

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Area Conservation in Cairo

Area Conservation in Cairo

(p.121) 5 Area Conservation in Cairo
Living with Heritage in Cairo

Ahmed Sedky

American University in Cairo Press

There are different efforts that have been made just to develop and upgrade Historic Cairo but it remained limited because of a main slogan proclaimed by Hassan Kafafi in 1990. Urban pressures were maintained, resulting in the accumulation of many problems in Cairo's historic areas. The UNESCO conference came up with specific recommendations to safeguard Fatimid Cairo, as being the most important area within the city walls that still exhibits the traditional features of Arab-Islamic cities and as an emblem of a living, traditional urbanism. Studies of urban scale came into focus in the attempt to save al-Azhar Mosque and its surroundings. The governorate has managed to create alliances with, and give administrative support to the ministries of housing and tourism, while conducting effective communications and agreements with the Ministry of Awqaf through the Executive Committee.

Keywords:   Historic Cairo, UNESCO, main slogan, al-Azhar Mosque

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