It is strongly believed that the scholarship in the field of Islamic art and architecture still has many important under-researched areas, behind its visual aspects, that need to be explored and analyzed. Archaeoacoustics, which is scientifically known as "The archaeology of sound," is considered one of the significant disciplines in the field of acoustics due to its role in revealing priceless information about different archaeological sites and historic buildings around the world from the acoustic perspective. Unfortunately, the archaeoacoustic studies of historic Islamic religious buildings, especially in Cairo, are relatively neglected. Accordingly, this study aims in the first place at analyzing the archaeoacoustic aspects and development of major Cairene religious buildings, from the time of the Arab conquest through the Ottoman period, in their relation to modern acoustics. Such analysis is believed to contribute effectively in partially reconstructing the soundscape of the examined historic buildings with regards to answering the following question: to what extent had the architect, throughout the different the different periods of the Islamic history of Cairo, been acquainted with the architectural acoustics principles? And how did that knowledge affect the architectural designs of his religious buildings?
Arab & Islamic Civilizations Department
MA in Arabic Studies
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Bacharach, Jere L.
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(2016).The development of acoustics in the religious architecture of Cairo from the Arab conquest through the Ottoman period 640-1914 [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Hussein, Ahmad. The development of acoustics in the religious architecture of Cairo from the Arab conquest through the Ottoman period 640-1914. 2016. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.