Location: Cairo, Egypt
The vast Muslim cemeteries of Cairo, sometimes called the “City of the Dead” are a unique urban environment that includes valuable mediaeval architectural monuments and living communities that practice traditional crafts. As part of the conservation and reconstructions efforts of the hawd mosque – erected by Sultan Qaitbey ca. 1,472 C.E. – students will participate in documentation of physical and social aspects of a section of this quarter. Working side-by-side with Egyptian peers, students will learn about architectural and urban history of a traditional Middle Eastern city, and about principles of architectural conservation and adaptive reuse.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
Students will live in basic, but comfortable local accomedations on a location on the Zamalek Island on the Nile. This district of Cairo is traditionally preferred by foreigners. It is located near Downtown and the Egyptian Museum. All necessary amenities are available in the district and are within walking distance. A minivan will be provided for daily transportation to and from the site. All meals will be communal events and will provide plenty of nutritious but basic food in the tradition of local cuisine. Specialized diets (vegan, kosher, etc.) are difficult to maintain in this location. Vegetarians may attend but will find options limited.
Dobrowolska, Agnieszka & Dobrowolski, Jaroslaw. 2012. The Sultan’s Fountain: An Imperial Story of Cairo. Istanbul and Amsterdam. Cairo & New York: American University in Cairo Press.