(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: The College of Islamic Studies (CIS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) offered its perspective on the architectural legacy of the Mamluk era at a seminar held on May 23 at the University of Oxford, UK.
Dr M Tarek Swelim, Associate Professor of Islamic art and architecture at CIS, led the seminar and discussed the era of the Circassian Mamluk Sultan, Al Muayyad Shaykh, who ruled over Egypt and Bilad Al Sham in the early 15th century. Dr Swelim discussed the magnificent religious and funerary complex built by Sultan Al Muayyad Shaykh during his reign. Situated next to Bab Zuwayla in Cairo, the complex included a mosque, a madrasa, and mausoleums. The seminar discussed the renowned complex in the context of the earlier and later Mamluk architecture in historical contexts.
The event was hosted at the Khalili Research Centre, part of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, at Oxford University. It was organised as part of the collaboration between CIS and Oxford University for the uniquely designed Master of Science programme in Islamic Art, Architecture and Urbanism.
Dr Swelim suggested there was not yet a coherent Islamic architectural style in the Arabian Gulf, but rather an experimenting ground for new ideas which can inspire new trends in the region.