The Turba of Azdumur in the Northern Cemetery of Cairo

Hani Hamza

in Creswell Photographs Re-examined

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162442
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970115 | DOI:
The Turba of Azdumur in the Northern Cemetery of Cairo

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The Creswell archive includes three photographs of the turba of Azdumur (al-Zumur) that date, most probably, to the second quarter of the twentieth century. Azdumur min Mahmud Shah al-Zahiri Jaqmaq, known as al-Musartin, had a less illustrious career although he was also a leading amir of al-Ashraf Qaytbay's era. The Creswell photographs cannot provide a complete understanding of a monument or give reliable attribution and dating. They are instructive, however, when combined with other research tools, in helping to provide a more reliable attribution and dating. Critical review of the photographs of the archives is useful for reconstructing and interpreting many monuments hitherto only vaguely understood.

Keywords: Creswell archive; photographs; turba; Azdumur; al-Musartin

Chapter.  5182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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