Islamic Architecture Form, Function, and Meaning

ISBN-10: 0231101333
ISBN-13: 9780231101332
Edition: 1994
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/24/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 670
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.278
Language: English

This beautifully conceived and produced survey of Islamic architecture explores the glorious world of the caravansarai, mausoleum, palace, and mosque. Focusing on the multifaceted relation of architecture to society, Robert Hillenbrand covers public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700. Extensive photographs and ground plans -- among which are hundreds of newly executed three-dimensional drawings that provide an accurate and vivid depiction of the structure -- are presented with an emphasis on the way the specific details of the building fulfilled their function. Included are chapters on religious and secular architecture and the architecture of tombs. Each building is discussed in terms of function, the links between particular forms and specific uses, the role of special types of buildings in the Islamic order, and the expressions of different sociocultural groups in architectural terms. Here the student or historian of Islamic architecture will find an astonishing resource, including Maghribi palaces, Anatolian madrasas, Indian minarets, Fatimid mausolea, and Safavid mosques, each rendered in lavish illustrations and explained with incomparable precision.

Robert Hillenbrand, Professor of Islamic Art at Edinburgh University,is an acknowledged world expert on Islamic art and architecture.

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Captions for Black and White Plates
List of Captions for Line Drawings
The Scope of the Enquiry: Problems and Approaches
The Mosque
The Minaret
The Madrasa
The Mausoleum
The Caravansarai
The Palace
Composite Catalogue of Line Drawings
Glossary of Islamic Terms
Select Bibliography
Sources of Line Drawings Accompanying the text
Sources of Line Drawings at the back of the book
Index of Individual Monuments
Index of Terms in Foreign (Principally Islamic) Languages
Index of Proper Names
Subject Index
Key to the numbering system for Illustrations

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