Curriculum Vitae

The American University in Cairo P.O. Box 2511 Cairo, Egypt
Belfast, Ireland


The University of Edinburgh Ph.D., Department of Fine Art
The Queen's University of Belfast LL.B., upper second class honours


1993 -
INSTRUCTOR, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations (formerly Center for/Department of Arabic Studies), The American University in Cairo
Spring Semester
VISITING PROFESSOR OF ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and History of Art, UC Berkeley
Fall semester
DIRECTOR, The Center for Arabic Studies,The American University in Cairo
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, The Center for Arabic Studies, The American University in Cairo
1979, July- August
ASSISTANT EXAMINER, General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Persian, University of London, School Examinations Department
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, British Institute of Persian Studies, Tehran

Academic Honors

Fellow of the British Institute of Persian Studies (major research award, given to one scholar per year)
1989 onwards
member, Editorial Board, Islamic Art and Architecture Series, Mazda Publishers
1993 onwards
Nominator, Aga Khan Award for Architecture
1994, February
Wolf Foundation Fellow
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1995 onwards
member, Advisory Board, Muqarnas
member, Program Committee, Historians of Islamic Art
Project Director, Documentation of the Inscriptions in the Historic Zone of Cairo, $181,000 award of the Egyptian Antiquities Project of the American Research Center in Egypt
Sept 1998
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, external reader, M.Sc. thesis, Adham Fahmy, Architecctural Conservation beyond Cultural Politics: Eurpoean Missions and Current Conservation Practice in Historic Cairo
Jan 2000
Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo Visiting Scholar
December 2002
Yarshater Lecture Series, SOAS, London
January 2005
Edinburgh University, external reader, Ph.D. thesis, Yuka Kadoi, Aspects of Iranian Art under the Mongols: Chinoiserie Reappraised
January 2005
Recipient of American University in Cairo Excellence in Research Award, 2004-5.
February 2008
Edinburgh University, external reader, Ph.D. thesis, Alireza Anisi, Early Islamic Architecture in Iran, 637-1056
2008 onwards
Advisory Editor, Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art
External reviewer for faculty member for promotion and tenure, American University in Kuwait
Member, Executive Board, Historians of Islamic Art Association
December 2010
Sorbonne University, jury member, PhD thesis, Sandra Auba, La céramique architecturale en Iran sous les Turkmènes Qarâ Qoyonlu et Âq Qoyonlu (c. 1450-1500)
External reviewer for faculty member for promotion, American University of Beirut
December 2011
University of Aix-en-Provence, jury president, PhD thesis, Simon Rettig
June 2013
Polytechnic of Bari, jury member, PhD theses of Stefania Petrella and Frida Pashako
April 2014
Mellon Creative Resident, Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges
March 2015
Member, editorial board, The Quran Through the Ages
April 2016
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference Senior Scholar Fellowship

Selected Recent Public Lectures and Conference Presentations

2005, May
Conference on Sultan Muhammad, Tehran and Tabriz "Ta'sir-i maktab-i Harat bar zuhur-i maktab-i Tabriz" (The Influence of the Herat School on the Emergence of the Tabriz School)
2006, January
Department of Islamic History and Culture, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh "The Development of the Use of Persian in the Inscriptions of Hindustan".
2006, May
Signes identitaires dans les cités du monde musulman Textes, traditions et vestiges, IFAO, Cairo "The Role of Religion and Commerce in the Urban Development of Isfahan and Bukhara in the 16-17th c.: A Comparative Study"
Kunya Urgench: Determination of Resources and Partnerships for Preservation and Conservation of the World Heritage Site Secretariat of the Turkmenistan National Commission for UNESCO, National Centre of Cultural Heritage and Turkmenistan Ministry of Education:Ashgabat and Kunya Urgench “The Uniqueness of the Architectural Decoration of the Monuments of Kuhna Urgench”
2006, September
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin "Indian Fables in Islamic Art"
2006, November
MESA Annual Meeting, Boston “The TIEM Zafarnama and the Date and Provenance of Its Paintings”
2007, September
13th International Congress of Turkish Art, Budapest “The Uses of Persian on Monumental Epigraphy in Turkey”
2007, November
Institute of Islamic Art and Architecture, Lebanese American University, Beirut “Full Circle: Images of Kalila and Dimna from India to the Middle East and Back Again”
2008, February
Supreme Council of Antiquities, Cairo Edinburgh University “The Islamic Tilework of Cairo”
Dar al-Kutub, Cairo: Celebration of the Inclusion of the Illustrated Persian Manuscripts in the UNESCO Memory of the Word Register “The Importance of the Illustrated Persian manuscripts in the Collection of the Dar al-Kutub”
2008, October
Conference, Ministry of Culture, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan “The Underglaze-Painted Tiles of Turkmenistan”
2008, October
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Alumni Seminar, Cairo. Keynote Address: “The Development of Cairo into a Muslim City: Key Tensions and Issues”
2008, November
Beyond Boundaries conference, Qatar Museum of Islamic Art “Carved Brick in Islamic Architecture: the Westward Spread of an Indian Technique”
2009, April
Study Session, The Art of Isfahan Through the Ages, British Museum “The Medieval Architecture of Isfahan”
2009, September
The Arts of the Mamluk, SOAS, University of London “The Mosque of Bashtak”
2009, November
And Diverse Are Their Hues: Conference, Cordoba, Spain “The Development of Iranian Cuerda Seca Tiles and the Transfer of Tilework Technology”
2009, November
Iran Society, London; King’s College, Cambridge “The Islamic Architecture of Iran: The Triumph of Colour”
2010, June
Courtauld Institute of Art, London “Medium and Message in the Monumental Epigraphy of Medieval Cairo”
2010, July
Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore “The Origins of the Mosque Plan in the Malay-Indonesian Archipelago”
2010, September
Art Institute, Chicago “Arthur Upham Pope and the Study of Persian Islamic Architecture”
2010, October
Historians of Islamic Art Association Biennial Symposium, Washington DC “Illustrations of Paintings in Arab Manuscripts and their Modern Reproductions, with Particular Reference to the al-Wasiti Maqamat
2011, July
7. Kolloquium der Ernst-Herzfeld-Gsellschaft, Berlin "The Residential Architecture of the Darb Zubayda."
2011, November
Word and Image, East and West, Sydney “The Look of Language”
2012, January
The Courtauld Institute, London “Textiles in the Gambier-Perry Wallet”
2012, April
University of Pennsylvania, Masons at Work conference
“The Carved Stone Domes of Cairo”
2012, October
Historians of Islamic Art Association Biennial Symposium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
“A Tale of Two Minbars: Woodwork in Egypt and Syria on the Eve of the Ayyubids”
2013, February
Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait, invited lecture
“Medium and Message in the Monumental Epigraphy of Medieval Cairo”
2013, June
Diez Symposium, Berlin State Library
“The Great Jalayirid Shahnama in the Istanbul Albums”
2013, August
Baghdad, Space of Knowledge: Free University, Berlin
“Islamic Art and Architecture in Pre-Mongol Baghdad”
2014, April
“The Writing on the Walls: The Importance of Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo”
“Full Circle: Images of Kalila and Dimna from India to the Middle East and Back Again”
Mellon Residency, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
2014, May
Epoka University, Tirana, Albania, Second International Conference on Architecture and Urban Design, keynote paper
“Medium and Message in the Monumental Epigraphy of Medieval Cairo”
2014, December
International Conference on Antonio Lasciac, Gorizia, Italy
“Antonio Lasciac and Aspects of His Mamluk Revival Architecture”
2015, March
Against Gravity conference, University of Pennsylvania
“From Workshop to Architecture: How Were Tiles Placed Correctly?”
2015, April
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago
“Mughal Tilework: Sultanate or Persianate?”
2015, April
Lawrence, University of Kansas, Franklin D. Murphy Lecture
“The Writing on the Walls: The Importance of Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo”
2015, May
Zahedan, Iran: Conference on the Representation of the Prophet Muhammad in Art
“The Prophet Muhammad’s Name in Architectural Inscriptions”
2016, February
SOAS, London: Symposium on The Idea of Iran, Renewal in the Age of Post - Mongol Prestige
"Neglected Masterpieces: Architecture of the Jalayirids, Muzaffarids and Kartids."
2016, April
University of St Andrews: Conference on The Architecture of the Iranian World 1000-1250
“Carved Brick: The Westward Spread of an Indian Technique in Ghaznavid and Later Islamic Architecture”


The Domestic Architecture of Islamic Egypt
AUC Rare Book Library, March-June 1997 (co-curator with pupils of my graduate seminar on the same topic)

Islamic Inscriptions
AUC Rare Book Library, February-June 1999 (co-curator with pupils of my graduate seminar on the same topic)

A Journey: From Iran to Central Asia. Exhibition of my photographs. Fifth Floor Gallery, AUC, November 2005.

Investigating Nature. Joint exhibition with two other artists, including 28 of my photographs. Falaki Gallery, AUC, April 2006.

The Beauty of the Arab World. Exhibition of 12 of my photographs. Haverford College, Pennsylvania, April 2014.



The Monumental Inscriptions of Cairo
Project Director. Contains 3271 inscriptions from 509 monuments, 3395 bibliographic references from 63 bibliographic items, 12,107 photographs and 1425 drawings (in press: data gathering completed June 2004; now with interface designer).

Books: single author

The Mosques of Egypt (in press, Cairo, AUC Press, 75,000 words, 543 of my photos)

The Illustrated Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo (AUC Press, 2012).

The Appearance of Persian on Islamic Art, Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture series, 4 (Persian Heritage Foundation, New York, 2009), 208 pp., 71 ills.

Treasures of Islam: Artistic Glories of the Muslim World (Duncan Baird Publishers, London, 2007; co-published in the Middle East as The World of Islamic Art [AUC Press]). Reviewed: Library Journal, 15 November 2007; Publishers Weekly, 20 August, 2007; Booklist, October 2007. Among the Booklist Editor’s Choice, Adult books, 2007, by Booklist Online: Book Reviews from the American Library Association: “The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.” (
Translated into French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Estonian and Czech:
Trésors de l’Islam
Die Schätze des Islam. Kostbarkeiten aus zwei Jahrtausenden
De schatten van de islam: kostbaarheden uit twee millennia
Tesoros del Islam
Islami aarded : muslimimaailma hiilgus kunstis
Poklady islámu - Umělecká sláva muslimského světa

Early Persian Painting: Kalila and Dimna Manuscripts of the Late-Fourteenth Century(I.B. Tauris Publishers, London and AUC Press, Cairo, 2003), 336 pages, 92 col. pls., 53 b&w figures. Publication grants awarded by the Dar al-Athar, Kuwait; the Kevorkian Foundation, New York; the Iran Heritage Foundation, London and the Barakat Trust, Oxford. Awarded joint second prize in the annual awards for the best book published in Britain on the Middle East, given by the British-Kuwaiti Friendship Society under the auspices of the Abdullah Al-Mubarak Charity Foundation. The award is adjudicated by BRISMES (The British Society for Middle East Studies). Awarded World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran, field of Iranian Studies, European-American section (2005).
Reviewed: Annali dell'Università degli Studi di Napoli 64 (2004), 291-3; Speculum 80/3 (July 2005), 942-4; Iranian Studies 38 (2005), 515-518; The Medieval Review:;cc=tmr;q1=kalila;rgn=main;view=text;idno=baj9928.0509.004;

Studies in Persian Art and Architecture (Cairo, AUC Press, 1995) (volume of 14 reprinted articles). Reviewed: Arte Medievale, II Serie, 10/2 (1996), pp. 147-8.

Timurid Architecture in Khurasan (Mazdâ Publishers in association with Undena Publications, Costa Mesa, 1987), 418pp., 109 figs., 308 pls. Publication grants awarded by the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Aga Khan Publications Program, the British Institute of Persian Studies and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
Reviewed: Middle East Journal, Winter 1988, pp. 138-9; Āyanda, 14/3-5 (1367/1988), pp. 153-7; Choice, January 1989, p. 797; Iranian Studies XXII/1 (1989), pp. 74-6; Journal of the American Oriental Society, 109/4 (1989), pp. 710-11; Bulletin of the Asia Institute, N.S. III (1989), pp. 129-38; Abstracta Iranica XI (1989), pp. 129-30.
Translated into Persian as Mi’mari-yi Taymuri dar Khurasan, Islamic Research Foundation of the Astan-i Quds-i Razavi (Mashhad, 2008).

Books: sole editor

Creswell Photographs Re-examined: New Perspectives on Islamic Architecture (AUC Press, Cairo, 2009). Reviewed: Middle East 410 (April 2010), p. 64.

Treasures of the Islamic Museums in Cairo (AUC Press, Cairo, 2006). Reviewed: Choice, March 2007;

The Iconography of Islamic Art: Studies in Honour of Robert Hillenbrand (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh and AUC Press, Cairo, 2005)
Reviewed: Bulletin of the School and African Studies 69 (2006), pp. 469-472; Journal of Islamic Studies 18 (2007), pp. 299-302; Bibliioteca Orientalis 64/1-2 (January-April 2007, pp. 237-41; Arabica 55 (2008), pp. 464-5; Bulletin Critique des Annales Islamologiques 24 (2008), 131-2; Religion and the Arts 13 (2009), 251; Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 69 (April 2010), pp. 148-150; British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 37 (2010), 218-221; Journal of the American Oriental Society 131.3 (2011), pp. 487-91. Die Welt des Islams 51/2 (2011), pp. 261-2.

Books: joint editor

Arabic and Islamic Studies in Honor of Marsden Jones (AUC Press, Cairo, 1998)

Articles (many of these can de downloaded from

“Mamluk Illustrated Kalila and Dimnas and the Riyadh Manuscript,” in Art and Culture of Books in the Islamic World, ed. Aslihan Erkmen and Sebnem Tamcan (in press, 4275 words)

“Confluence of Cultures: The Rabat Kalila and Dimma and Its Copy,” in Les périples de Kalila et Dimna Itinéraires de fables dans les arts et la littérature de l'Orient musulman, ed. Eloïse Brac de la Perrière and Annie Vernay-Nouri (10,800 words, in press)

“Antonio Lasciac and Aspects of his Mamluk Revival Architecture,” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Proceeding of the international conference on Antonio Lasciac: An Architect among Italy, Egypt And Slovenia Architectural History, Drawing and Technique, ed. Diana Barrilari (in press, 4500 words)

(jointly with Bahia Shehab) “The Mausoleum of Yayha al-Shabih Revisited,” in Art, Trade, and Culture in the Near East and India: from the Fatimids to the Mughals, ed. Alison Ohta, J.M. Rogers and Rosalind Wade Haddon (London, 2016, in press), 48-55.

“The Great Jalayirid Shahnama,” in The Diez Albums: Contexts and Contents, ed. J. Gonella, F. Weis and C. Rauch (Leiden, in press), 469-84.

“Islamic Art and Architecture in Pre-Mongol Baghdad,” in Baghdad, a Handbook, ed. Isabel Toral-Niehoff COMES series (Civitatum Orbis Mediterranei Studia), Sieback Verlag, Tubingen (10,000 words)

“Muslim Central Asia,” in The Art History of the Four Continents 1300-1650, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (in press, 9150 words)

“Architecture and Court Cultures of the 14th Century,” in A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, ed. Finbarr B. Flood and Gulru Necipoglu, Blackwell-Wiley (in press, 10,800 words).

“Later Religious Architecture of Central Asia, China and Southeast Asia,” in Cambridge History of World Religious Architecture, ed. Cynthia Robinson and Hasan-Uddin Khan (in press, 7850 words)

“The Mosque of ‘Alishah: Its Reconstruction and Influence,” Studies in Honour of Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, ed. Robert Hillenbrand (in press) (5,600 words).

“From Atelier Floor to Monument Wall: How Were Tiles Placed Correctly?”, in Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World, ed., Robert Ousterhout, Dorian Borbonus, and Elisha Dumser (March 2016), 1-25

“Arthur Upham Pope and the Study of Persian Islamic Architecture,” in Author Upham Pope and a New Survey of Persian Art, ed. Yuka Kadoi (Brill, Leiden and New York, 2016), 110-24.

“Baku: Architecture,” Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed. (2014) (600 words)

“Residential Architecture of the Darb Zubayda,” in A Hundred Years of Excavations in Samarra: Beiträge zur islamischen Kunst und Archäologie, Jahrbuch der Ernst-Herzfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. Vol. 4 , ed. Julia Gonnella (Wiesbaden, 2014 ), pp. 202-19.

“Medium and Message in the Monumental Epigraphy of Medieval Cairo,” in Calligraphy and Islamic Architecture in the Muslim World, ed. Mohammad Gharipour and Irvin Cemil Schick (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), pp. 416-430.

“A Tale of Two Minbars: Woodwork in Egypt and Syria on the Eve of the Ayyubids,” in Ferdowsi, the Mongols and the History of Iran: Art, Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia. Studies in Honour of Charles Melville, ed. Robert Hillenbrand, A.C.S. Peacock and F. Abdullaeva (London, 2013) [published 2014], pp. 316-26.

“The Look of Language,” Literature & Aesthetics 22/2 (2012) [published 2013], pp. 33-49.

“The Design of Cairo’s Masonry Domes,” in Proceedings of the Masons at Work conference, University of Pennsylvania, published online (2012) at

“Text and Paintings in the al-Wāsiṭī Maqāmāt,” Ars Orientalis 42 (2012), pp. 41-55.

“James Wild and the Mosque of Bashtak,” in The Art of the Mamluks, ed. Doris Behrens-Abouseif (Bonn, 2012), pp. 163-81

“The Development of Iranian Cuerda Seca Tiles and the Transfer of Tilework Technology,” in And Diverse Are Their Hues, ed. Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom (Yale University Press, 2011), pp. 174-203.

“The Uses of Persian on Monumental Epigraphy in Turkey,” in Thirteenth International Congress of Turkish Art: Proceedings, ed. Géza Dávid and Ibolya Gerelyes (Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, 2009 [published 2010]), pp. 505-517.

“Reconciliation or Estrangement? Colophon and Paintings in the TIEM Ẓafarnāma and Some Other Controversial Manuscripts,” Muqarnas 26 (2009), pp. 205-227.

“Siah-Qalam,” Encyclopaedia Iranica (in press, and also now available online at

Kalila o Demna iii. Illustrations in Manuscripts,” Encyclopaedia Iranica (New York, 2010), 14:395-7 and online at

“Documentation of the Inscriptions in the Historic Zone of Cairo,” in Preserving Egypt’s Cultural Heritage: The Conservation Works of the American Research Center in Egypt 1995-2005, ed Randi Danforth (Cairo, 2010), pp. 177-80.

“The Great Mosque of Hama Redux,” in Creswell Photographs Re-examined: New Perspectives on Islamic Architecture, ed. Bernard O’Kane (Cairo, 2009), 219-46.

“Ayyubid Architecture in Cairo,” in Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, ed. Robert Hillenbrand and Sylvia Auld (London, 2009), pp. 423-34.

“Der Kreis schliesst sich. Illustrationen aus Kalīla wa-Dimna von Indien zum Mittleren Osten und wieder zurück,” in Von listigen Schakalen und törichten Kamelen. Die Fabel in Orient und Okzident, ed. Karen Aydin and Carola Lüdke (Wiesbaden, 2008), pp. 127-48.

“The Uses of Captions in Medieval Literary Arabic Manuscripts,” in Arab Painting: Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts, ed. Anna Contadini (Leiden, 2007), pp. 135-44.

“The Iconography of the Shahnama, Ms. tarikh farisī 73, Dar al-Kutub, Cairo (796/1393-4),” in Shahnama Studies I, Pembroke Papers 5, ed. Charles Melville (Cambridge, 2006), pp. 171-88.

“Introduction to Islamic Art,” pp. 8-13, “Art of the Ayyubids and Bahri Mamluks,” pp. 92-161 and “Iranian Art,” pp. 262-97, in Treasures of the Islamic Museums in Cairo, ed. Bernard O’Kane (Cairo, 2006).

“The Nine-Bay Plan in Islamic Architecture: Its Origin, Development and Meaning,” in Studies in Honor of Arthur Upham Pope, ed. Abbas Daneshvari, Survey of Persian Art, Vol. XVIII (Costa Mesa, 2006), pp. 189-244.

“Persian Poetry on Ilkhanid Art and Architecture,” in Beyond The Legacy of Ghengis Khan, ed. Linda Komaroff (Leiden, 2006), pp. 346-54.

“The Arboreal Aesthetic: Landscape, Painting and Architecture from Mongol Iran to Mamluk Egypt,” in Studies in the Iconography of Islamic Art in Honour of Robert Hillenbrand, ed. Bernard O’Kane (Edinburgh, 2005), pp. 223-251.

“Early Illustrated Kalila and Dimna Manuscripts,” Hadeeth ad-Dar, the Journal of the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah 17 (2004), 28-32.

“Chaghatai Architecture and the Tomb of Tughluq Temür at Almaliq,” in Studies in Honour of J. Michael Rogers, ed. Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Muqarnas 21 (2004), pp. 277-87.
Reviewed: Monik Kervran, Abstracta Iranica [online], Volume 27: 2 janvier 2007. URL

“Siyah Qalam: The Jalayirid Connections,” Oriental Art 48/2 (2003), pp. 2-18.

“The Timurid Bazar and the Origin of the Domed Tīm,” in Historians in Cairo: Essays in Honor of George Scanlon, ed Jill Edwards (Cairo, 2002), pp. 17-28.

“Domestic and Religious Architecture in Cairo: Mutual Influences,” in The Cairo Heritage: Essays in Honour of Laila Ali Ibrahim, ed. Doris Behrens-Abouseif (Cairo, 2000 [published 2001]), pp. 149-82.

“The Uzbek Architecture of Afghanistan,” Cahiers d’Asie Centrale 8 (2000), 122-60.

“The Ziyāda of the Mosque of al-Ḥākim and the Development of the Ziyāda in Islamic Architecture,” in L’Egypte fatimide: son art et son histoire, ed. Marianne Barrucand (Paris, 1999), pp. 141-58.

“The Bihbihani Anthology and Its Antecedents,” Oriental Art 45/4 (1999/2000), pp. 9-18.

“The Gunbad-i Jabaliyya and the Development of the Domed Octagon in Iran,” Arabic and Islamic Studies in Honour of Marsden Jones, ed. Bernard O’Kane et al. (Cairo, 1998), pp. 1-12

“The Mosque” Encyclopedia of Near Eastern Archaeology, ed. Eric M. Mayers (New York, 1997), vol. 4, pp. 55-8.

“Sinān,” Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd ed., vol. 8 (1997), pp. 629-30.

“Monumentality in Mamluk and Mongol Art and Architecture,” Art History 19/4 (1996), pp. 499-522.

“Islamic Art: Architecture: Iran, Afghanistan and western Central Asia, c. 1375-1500, ” vol. 16, pp. 195-200.
“Qavām al-Dīn Shīrāzī,” vol. 25, pp. 777-8.
“Islamic Art: Woodwork: Egypt and Syria, c. 1000-1250,” vol. 16, pp. 489-91 (with J. Bloom).
“Islamic Art: Woodwork: Egypt and Syria, c. 1250-1500,” vol. 16, pp. 496-7.
“Islamic Art: Architectural Decoration: Tiles,” vol. 16, pp. 248-50.
“Cairo: III. Buildings,” vol. 5, pp. 401-4.
“Vernacular Architecture: Islamic Lands: Egypt,” vol. 32, pp. 312-4.
The Dictionary of Art (London, 1996) (reprinted in edited form in The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, ed. Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair [Oxford, 2009])

“Ribāṭ-i Šaraf,” Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd ed., vol. 8 (1995), pp. 508-9.

“From Tents to Pavilions: Royal Mobility and Persian Palace Design,” Proceedings of the Symposium on Pre-Modern Islamic Palaces, Ars Orientalis 23 (1993) (published 1994), pp. 245-64.

“Iran and Central Asia,” in The Mosque, ed. M. Frishman and H. Khan (London, 1994), pp. 118-39.

“The Minaret of Vabkent,” in The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia, ed. R. Hillenbrand (Costa Mesa, 1994), pp. 46-54.

“Rock Faces and Rock Figures in Persian Painting,” Islamic Art 4 (1991) (published 1993), pp. 219-46.

“Poetry, Geometry and the Arabesque: Notes on Timurid Aesthetics,” Annales Islamologiques 26 (1992) (published 1993), pp. 63-78.

“Naṭanz and Turbat-i Jām: New Light on Fourteenth Century Iranian Stucco,” Studia Iranica 21 (1992), pp. 85-92.

with Laila Ibrahim, "The Madrasa of Badr al-Dīn al-‘Aynī and Its Tiled Miḥrāb,” Annales Islamologiques 24 (1988) (published 1989), pp. 253-68.
“Bībī Khānom Mosque” IV/2, pp. 197-8.
“Bībī Zaynab, Mausoleum of” IV/2, pp. 198-9.
“Borj-e Toġrol” IV/4, p. 374.
“Čahārṭāq, Islamic period,” IV/6, pp. 639-42.
“Domes,” VII/5, pp. 479-85.
Encyclopaedia Iranica

“The Tiled Minbars of Iran," Annales Islamologiques 22 (1986) (published 1987), pp. 133-153. Also translated as "Minbarhā-yi kāshikārī-shuda-yi Irān," Asar 35 (1382/2003), pp. 52-73.

“The Tomb of Muḥammad Ġāzī at Fūšanǧ,” Annales Islamologiques 21 (1985) (published 1986), pp. 113-128.

“Salǧūk Minarets: Some New Data,” Annales Islamologiques 20 (1984) (published 1985), pp. 61-84.

“Timurid Stucco Decoration,” Annales Islamologiques 20 (1984), pp. 85-101.

“The Friday Mosques of Asnak and Sarāvar,” Archaeologische Mitteilungen aus Iran N.F. 12 (1979) (published 1980), pp. 341-51. Also translated as "Masājid-i Jum'a-yi Asnaq va Saravar," Asar 35 (1382/2003), pp. 203-221.

“Tāybād, Turbat-i Jām and Timurid Vaulting,” Iran 17 (1979), pp. 87-104.

“The Imāmzāda Ḥusain Riżā at Varāmīn,” Iran 16 (1978), pp. 175-7.

“The Madrasa al-Ghiyāsiyya at Khargird,” Iran 14 (1976), pp. 79-92.

Review Articles

“Lifting the Veil from the Face of Persian Painting,” Oriental Art 48/2 (2002), pp. 55-60

“The Rise of the Minaret,” Oriental Art 38 (1992), pp. 106-13.

Book Reviews

István Ormos, Max Herz Pasha (1856-1919). His Life and Career, 2 vols. (Cairo, 2009), for Annales Islamologiques, Bulletin Critique (1500 words, in press).

Estelle J. Whelan, The Public Figure: Political Iconography in Medieval Mesopotamia (London 2006), for al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 25 (2013), 380-2.

Kishvar Rizvi, The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: Architecture, Religion and Power in Early Modern Iran (London, 2011), for Journal of Islamic Studies 24 (2013), 371-6.

Markus Ritter, Moscheen und Madrasabauten in Iran 1785-1848. Architektur zwischen Rückgriff und Neuerung (Leiden, 2006), for Iranian Studies 44 (2011), 117-9.

Philip Jodidio, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar. Photography by Lois Lammerherhuber (Prestel, Munich, Berlin, London, New York, 2008), Museum Anthropology Review 4.2 (2010),

Abdallah Kahil: The Sultan Ḥasan Complex in Cairo 1357-1364: A Case Study in the Formation of Mamluk Style. Beiruter Texte und Studien, 98 (Beirut: Orient-Institut Beirut, 20080), for Mamluk Studies Review 15 (2011), pp. 164-7.

Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of the Architecture and Its Culture. London: I. B. Tauris, 2007, for CAA (College Art Association), (1650 words)

Jonathan Bloom, Arts of the City Victorious: Islamic Art and Architecture in Fatimid North Africa and Egypt. New Haven and London, 2007, for CAA (College Art Association), (2000 words)

Estelle J. Whelan, The Public Figure: Political Iconography in Medieval Mesopotamia (London 2006), for al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean (in press, 1200 words).

Markus Ritter, Moscheen und Madrasabauten in Iran 1785-1848. Architektur zwischen Rückgriff und Neuerung (Leiden, 2006), for Iranian Studies (in press, 1000 words)

John Carswell, with a contribution by Julian Henderson, Iznik: Pottery for the Ottoman Empire (The Islamic Art Society, London, 2003), for Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 68 (2005), 311-12.

André Raymond, Cairo: City of History (AUC Press, 2001), for Mamluk Studies Review 7/2 (2003), pp. 257-9.

Raya Shani, A Monumental Manifestation of the Shī‘ite Faith in Late Twelfth-Century Iran: The Case of the Gunbad-i ‘Alawiyān, Hamadān (Oxford, 1996), for Der Islam 78 (2001), pp. 193-7.

Henri and Anne Stierlin, Splendours of an Islamic World: Mamluk Art in Cairo 1250-1517 (London and New York: Tauris Parke Books, 1997) for Mamluk Studies Review 4 (2000) (published 1999), pp. 254-7.

Thomas T. Allsen, Commodity and Exchange in the Mongol Empire: A Cultural History of Islamic Textiles (Cambridge, 1997) for MESA Bulletin 32 (1998 ), pp. 44-5.

Michael Meinecke, Die mamlukische Architektur in Ägypten und Syrien (648/1250 bis 923/1517) (Abhandlungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Kairo. Islamische Reihe, Band 5). 2 vols. (Glückstadt, 1992) for Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 59 (1996), pp. 145-7.

M. Burgoyne, D.S. Richards, Mamluk Jerusalem: an Architectural Study (London, 1987) for Bulletin Critique des Annales Islamologiques VII (1990), pp. 187-92.

El-Said Badawi, Martin Hinds, A Dictionary of Egyptian Arabic: Arabic-English (Beirut, 1986) for Cairo Today, July 1988, pp. 48-9.

As Photographer:

Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Cairo of the Mamluks (IB Tauris, London and AUC Press, Cairo, 2007) (with 112 of my photos)

Doris Behrens-Abouseif, The Minarets of Cairo (IB Tauris, London and AUC Press, Cairo, 2010) (with 105 of my photos)