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Found scattered among his numerous manuscripts, Leonardo's studies on architecture were conceived during an artistic journey of close to fifty years while in the service of the most prestigious patrons. Concerning churches, ephemeral monuments, urban reconstruction, fortifications, palaces and villas, and painted architecture, mostly ideal in nature, they are part of the architectural evolution of the late Quattrocento and early Cinquecento. His drawings assimilate the ideas of the pioneers of Renaissance architecture and focus on particular aspects such as interventions on existing structures, classical orders, staircases and decoration. Leonardo’s analysis sheds light on dialogues with Bramante, Francesco di Giorgio, Giuliano da Sangallo, Michelangelo, Baldassare Peruzzi and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and allows us to better understand whether his contributions were innovative, or singular interpretations of the achievements of his time.
[Kitāb Ṭayf al-Khayāl: A New Edition of Ibn Dāniyāl's Work on Life in Middle Ages Cairo]
ينقلنا كتاب طيف الخيال إلى عالم سحري لم يخطر على بالنا وجوده قط: عالم القاهرة السري في القرون الوسطى. حيث يقدم لنا سردية تاريخية مغايرة تمامًا للتاريخ الرسمي المعتاد الذي يهيمن عليه السلاطين والأمراء والعلماء والأكابر ، ليحتل العامة البسطاء صدارة المشهد، وعبر بابات ابن دنيال يمكننا التلصص على تفاصيل حياتهم ومعتقداتهم، والطريقة التي رأوا بها حكامهم، ومساخرهم التي لا حد لها، فضلًا عن ألوان المتع السريّة التي مارسوها بشراهة منقطعة النظير. نُشرت بابات ابن دانيال عدة مرات من قبل، في نشرات منقوصة وغير مشروحة، حيث تحرّج المحققون من إيراد مقاطع كاملة من البابات بحجة إسرافها في البذاءة وعدم ملاءمتها للذوق العام! ولأول مرّة بعد أكثر من قرن منذ اكتشاف جورج جاكوب لمخطوطات الكتاب يتم نشر مسرحيات الظل الثلاث لابن دانيال كاملة بلا حذف في طبعة نقدية مميزة معتنى بها ،تشتمل على شروح وكشافات تحليلية فريدة . تُبرز أهميتها وتُمهد الطريق أمام الباحثين لتقديم مزيد من الدراسات العلمية عن بابات ابن دانيال بالغة الثراء.

Kitāb Ṭayf al-Khayāl transports us to a magical world previously unknown to us: the secret Cairo in the Middle Ages. It presents an entirely different historical narrative from the conventional history dominated by sultans, princes, scholars, and elites. Instead, it brings the common people, the ordinary, to the forefront. Through the writings of Ibn Dāniyāl, we get a glimpse into the details of their lives, beliefs, how they perceived their rulers, and the boundless extravagances they indulged in, along with the secretive pleasures they passionately pursued. Babat Ibn Daniyal has been published multiple times before, in incomplete and unexplained editions, with investigators hesitating to include complete sections, citing their explicit content and perceived impropriety
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Today, the majority of the world's Christian population lives in the Global South. Knowledge of their history is therefore indispensable. This textbook offers a compact and vivid overview of the history of Christianity in Asia, Africa and Latin America since 1450, focussing on diversity and interdependence, local actors and global effects. Maps, illustrations and numerous photos as well as continuous references to easily accessible source texts support the reader's own reading and its use in various forms of academic teaching.
The Afrika-Studiecentrum Series aims to present the best of African studies in the field of social sciences in the Netherlands. Publication in the series is open to all Dutch africanists and also to African scholars who are affiliated to a Dutch academic institution. Publications can be either monographs or edited volumes, in various disciplines and across all African nations, either on a single country or comparing different countries.

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Edited by Angela Schottenhammer, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

This series focuses on the manifold commercial, human, political-diplomatic and scientific interactions that took place across the continental (overland) and maritime Silk Routes. This includes exchanges of ideas, knowledge, religions, and the transfer of cultural traditions, including forms of migration. Geographically speaking the series covers networks (or routes) across the Eurasian continent, the broader Indian Ocean (from East Asia as far as Africa), and the Asia-Pacific world, that is, trans-Pacific connections from Asia to the American continent. A special interest lies in the history of science and technology and knowledge transfer along and across these routes.
The series focuses particularly on historical topics but contemporary studies are also welcome.