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Family Activity Series: Cairo, Egypt



For this series, each geographical stop is paired with an item. Each item is significant and serves a specific function in ancient Islamic tradition. In order to complete each activity, please print the post and enjoy. The first stop in our activity series is Cairo, Egypt.

A minbar is a pulpit that is used by the prayer leader, (Imam), to lead prayer, give guidance to his listeners, and to give speeches. This particular minbar door is made from several different kinds of wood from several eras. Some of the intricate details are said to have come from original minbars! At the bottom of the door, there is a secret inscription that says, “Honor to our master the sultan the king… Al Zahir Baquq. God magnify his victory.”


Examine the mesmerizing details of the door on the left. Now look away and try and recreate the door from your memory using the outline on the right. How did you do? What did you remember? What did you forget?

Let’s continue on our journey! Next stop? Iznik, Turkey.


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