Adult Programs

Cairo: A Brief History of an Islamic Metropolis

Nasser Rabbat on Aqsunqur Minaret, 2012.

Tickets on sale to RPC/YPC Members May 21.
Tickets on sale to Members May 26.

Tickets to sale to General Public June 6.

General Public $35, Members $32, Students $32, ICT Member $32

This lecture will review the history of Cairo from the 10th century to the present.  It will survey the city’s outstanding architecture, encompassing the gamut of Islamic styles as well as every 19th and 20th century Western style and interpret it in light of its urban, cultural, and political setting.  Cairo in fact forces us to reconsider the relationship between the city’s character and its architecture and to cast it in a new interpretive framework, which may shed light on many historic cities today.

Aga Khan Professor, Nasser Rabbat, will show how this historic city still shines today as a cultural center of its three spheres of influence: the Arab world, Africa and the Islamic world.

Doors Open: 6:30 pm

Viewing of Cairo Under Wraps: 6:30-7:15 pm

Lecture: 7:30-8:30 pm

Q&A: 8:30-8:45 pm

Light Refreshments: 8:45-9:30 pm

Presented in Partnership by the Royal Ontario Museum and His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Canada.


This lecture celebrates the opening of the exhibition Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles

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Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Level B1, &
The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume, Level 4

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