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  • Biography of Egyptian queen shows her influence on Cairo's architecture

    Image of book cover for “Tree of Pearls: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr,” showing a closup of mosaic tile.

    “Tree of Pearls: The Extraordinary Architectural Patronage of the 13th-Century Egyptian Slave-Queen Shajar al-Durr” by landscape architecture professor D. Fairchild Ruggles uses the story of a rare female sultan to examine the cultural history and architectural development of Cairo.

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  • Editor’s note: To contact D. Fairchild Ruggles, email dfr1@illinois.edu.