Based at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) is dedicated to the study of Islamic art and architecture, urbanism, landscape design, and conservation - and the application of that knowledge to contemporary design projects.
The goals of the program are to improve the teaching of Islamic art and architecture - to promote excellence in advanced research - to enhance the understanding of Islamic architecture, urbanism, and visual culture in light of contemporary theoretical, historical, critical, and developmental issues - and to increase the visibility of Islamic cultural heritage in the modern Muslim world. Established in 1979, AKPIA is supported by an endowment from His Highness the Aga Khan. AKPIA's faculty, students, and alumni have played a substantial role in advancing the practice, analysis, and understanding of Islamic architecture as a discipline and cultural force.
The Aga Khan Documentation Center in the MIT Libaries (AKDC@MIT) is affiliated with AKPIA, and supports the program through collections acquisition and management, and research assistance.
Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. 1989. Islamic Architecture in Cairo: An Introduction. Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill.
Studies and Sources on Islamic Art and Architecture: Supplements to Muqarnas Volume III . Doris Behrens-Abouseif's introduction to Cairo's Islamic architecture surveys the major monuments spanning the Tulunid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman periods. In her effort to provide a well-studied key to the profusion of monuments that form what UNESCO has listed as one of the "Cities of Human Heritage," Behrens-Abouseif identifies Cairo's significant architectural developments in an easy to follow, chronological format. Appended to each site description are bibliographic entries, further enhancing the value of this book as a research tool.