A Biographical Sketch of Yuhanna al-Armani

Magdi Guirguis

in An Armenian Artist in Ottoman Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161520
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971013 | DOI:
A Biographical Sketch of Yuhanna al-Armani

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Yuhanna al-Armani's biography is studied with the hope of throwing light upon different aspects of eighteenth-century Egypt. In a sense, Yuhanna was an ordinary person who through his work had achieved a certain status. He never attained great wealth, but seems to have lived in relative comfort, like many other craftsmen, whether they were living in Cairo or another Ottoman city. His career sheds light on the ways in which artists functioned and carried out their work and gives us an idea of their social status. It might not be entirely relevant to this undertaking to present details about his family and social networks. However, this chapter presents these details in the hope that they might bring Yuhanna back to life to some extent and—more importantly—might be of use to other scholars in future research.

Keywords: Yuhanna al-Armani; eighteenth-century Egypt; Cairo; Ottoman city; social status; family

Chapter.  6657 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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