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Chapter 8: The Functional Urbanism of Souq Al-Silah, Cairo: The Political and Economic Impact on Trade in a Medieval Urban Fabric

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neveen Hamza



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Routledge, 2022.

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This chapter introduces Souq Al-Silah, the ‘market of weapons’ which occupied a strategic location in the capital of Egypt, Cairo. Souq Al-Silah not only equipped Egyptian troops with weapons and provided for their maintenance, it also supplied the civil community with various blades for civil use and self-defence. Souq Al-Silah experienced several social, economic, and political changes over nearly 700 years, that altered the Souq’s urban and architectural morphology, and impacted the socio-urban fabric of the market and other areas in the historic district of Al-Darb Al-Ahmar. Today, although the weaponry industry has completely vanished, what remains is an area for daily shopping activities, other evolving crafts such as carpentry, and a long history, worth remembering and capturing in rehabilitation projects of the area as living evidence of the impact of socio-political changes that markets bring to communities

Publication metadata

Author(s): Soliman M, Hamza N

Editor(s): Hamza N.

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Architecture and Urban Transformation of Historical Markets: Cases from the Middle East and North Africa

Year: 2022

Print publication date: 05/09/2022

Online publication date: 05/09/2022

Acceptance date: 01/05/2022

Edition: 1st

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.4324/9781003143208

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/xrwv-p104

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ISBN: 9780367697815