monuments are under threat of looting and destruction across the Arab world.
Since 2011, there has been an increase in the number of monuments attacked in
Cairo. Minbars are particularly at risk due to the high market value of the
intricate carved elements, and the lack of detailed documentation of these
this project, research will be conducted on Cairo’s Mamluk minbars, and a new
comprehensive database will be created to aid future identification of missing
pieces. The condition of the minbars will be assessed, to select four minbars
for restoration and consolidation.
restored minbars will be studied in depth by local craftsmen, examining how
their complex patterns are constructed, to encourage understanding and
appreciation of traditional arts and crafts in the area. Craftsmen will
team up with designers to create new prototypes inspired by the geometry of
minbars, which will then be sold in the local market. A series of thematic
workshops and training sessions will be delivered for local professionals,
volunteers, teachers and children.
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