Dictionary of Islamic Architecture

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Containing more than 500 cross-referenced and indexed entries and 100 relevant plans, maps, photographs and other illustrations, this dictionary provides the fullest range of artistic, technical, archaeological, cultural and biographical data on Islamic architecture. It

covers the entire geographical and chronological spread, from West Africa through the Middle East to Indonesia, and from the 7th to the 18th centuries of the Common Era. It has been designed to meet the needs of students, teachers and researchers of Islamic architecture, archaeology and

art, as well as those with a broader interest in Middle Eastern, Oriental and Classical history and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

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This resource provides an alphabetically arranged overview of the history of Islamic architecture. It consists of hundreds of entries focusing on geographical, archaeological, historical, and architectural terminology (from many languages). Every entry begins with a simple, one-sentence definition (for some technical terms there is no further explanation); most then continue with an expanded explanation from one paragraph to multiple pages in length. Many of the longer entries also include limited "Further reading" lists and "See also" references to other terms. Accompanying most entries are illustrations in the form of photographs, plans, maps, and drawings: these are especially effective when discussing architectural details unique to Islamic buildings. Critics may question the selection of entries on specific monuments, the paucity of information on modern developments, and the lack of a detailed index. However, considering its well-illustrated broad coverage of the subject and inclusion of the non-Arab Islamic world, this volume will prove an invaluable addition to any library with an interest in architecture or Islamic studies.- Eugene C. Burt, Art Inst. of Seattle Lib.
A reference on the full range of Islamic architecture, not only from Spain to India, but also in China, the US, and Britain; and including non-Islamic buildings influenced or inspired by Islamic designs and styles. Among the entries are site descriptions of major and lessor buildings and remains, dynastic and regional overviews that set the historical and cultural context of styles and techniques, overviews of major Islamic cities, biographical sketches, and technical definitions of terminology. Highly illustrated in black and white with diagrams, drawings, photographs, reproductions, and maps. Bibliographical references are entry specific. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415060844
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Petersen is an archaeologist specializing in Islamic architecture. He has worked on archaeological excavations and building surveys in Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Turkey, Kenya and Tanzania. He is currently working for the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem as field director of the Medieval and Ottoman Survey and as a team member of the International Merv Project in the former Soviet republic of Turkmentistan. Jerusalem.

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Table of Contents

Ajimez * Allepo * Arabesque * Artesando * Bijapur * Bulgaria * Byzantine * Crusader Period * Desert * Fathy, Hassan * Fez * Gardens * Ghana * Granada * Harem * House * Jerusalem * Mamluk Architecture * Minaret * Mosaic * Mosque of Amr * Oman * Pakistan * Qatar * Semahane *

Singapore * Spain * Taj Mahal * Tomb of the Abasid Caliphs

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