Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide

Mohamed Elshahed (Author)


The first of its kind, a substantive guide to over 220 modern buildings in Cairo--and the basis of an exhibition at New York's Center for Architecture entitled, "Cairo Modern"
The city of a thousand minarets is also the city of eclectic modern constructions, turn-of-the-century revivalism and romanticism, concrete expressionism, and modernist design. Yet while much has been published on Cairo's ancient, medieval, and early-modern architectural heritage, the city's modern architecture has to date not received the attention it deserves.
Cairo since 1900: An Architectural Guide is the first comprehensive architectural guide to the constructions that have shaped and continue to shape the Egyptian capital since the early twentieth century.
From the sleek apartment tower for Inji Zada in Ghamra designed by Antoine Selim Nahas in 1937, to the city's many examples of experimental church architecture, and visible landmarks such as the Mugamma and Arab League buildings, Cairo is home to a rich store of modernist building styles. Arranged by geographical area, the guide includes entries for more than 220 buildings and sites of note, each entry consisting of concise, explanatory text describing the building and its significance accompanied by photographs, drawings, and maps.
This significant compendium is an ideal companion for the city's visitors and residents as well as an invaluable resource for scholars and students of Cairo's architecture and urban history.

Product Details

$39.95  $36.75
American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date
March 02, 2020
5.6 X 1.1 X 7.5 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Mohamed Elshahed is a researcher, curator, and specialist on architecture, design, and material culture in Egypt. He holds a PhD from New York University and an MA from MIT. Founder of, he is Practitioner-in-Residence at Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU.


"Architectural historian and publisher Mohamed Elshahed is safeguarding the architectural history of Cairo - and the rest of Egypt."--Rima Alsammarae, Architectural Digest (Middle East)
"Everything from bridges to gardens, from iconic buildings to unknown residential buildings with a story to be told."--Shaimaa S. Ashour, Maydan
"It not only documents the past but also the future. . . to remind us of where Cairo is and where it is heading."⁠--N.A. Mansour, ArabLit
"Mohamed Elshahed is one of the most brilliant and interesting scholars on the built environment in Cairo and in Egypt today."⁠--Ursula Lindsey, BULAQ podcast
"Beautifully designed, as elegant and functional as many of the buildings it documents. It is a small, compact, softcover volume that can be carried along as one explores the city."--Ursula Lindsey, Al-Fanar Media
"Cairo's modernism - as described by Elshahed--isn't defined by any particular philosophy, whether local or foreign. Instead, its hallmark is an eclectic hybridity."--Marcia Lynx Qualey,
"Extraordinary and unreservedly recommended"--Midwest Book Review