Women's Fashion in Mamluk Cairo

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7:00 pm
Russell Square: College Buildings
Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
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Speakers: Professor Doris Behrens-Abouseif


This talk discusses the female dress code: dress and fashion in medieval Cairo, with a focus on the Mamluk period. It will demonstrate how women dealt with regulations and prohibitions yet managed to be creative with new styles and fashions. The talk, based on a variety of texts, is illustrated with images from artefacts, illustrated manuscripts and Renaissance drawings and paintings.

Speaker biographies

Professor Doris Behrens-Abouseif needs no introduction – our previous chairman and Scott’s predecessor in the Nasser D. Khalili Professorship of Islamic Art. Her contributions to Islamic Art studies are seemingly limitless and she skilfully weaves a path through both text and image to support her arguments, frequently revealing new aspects in the field. This talk is an insight into her latest research on Mamluk dress and dress code and will not be recorded, so if you are unable to attend in person please be sure to watch the hybrid version on the day.


Email: rw51@soas.ac.uk