Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain

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Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain offers a new interpretation of the history of gardens in Spain during the period of Islamic rule from the eighth through the fifteenth centuries. Islamic gardens, with their cultivated garden beds and water channels, are traditionally regarded as an early reflection of paradise, which the Koran describes as a "garden watered by four streams." However, D. Fairchild Ruggles argues that the early palace garden was primarily an environmental, economic, and political construct, and that paradisiac symbolism did not develop until gardens acquired tombs." "D. Fairchild Ruggles discusses three aspects of medieval Islamic Spain: the landscape and agricultural transformation as documented in the Arabic scientific literature and geographies, the typological foundation of the garden and its symbolic meaning in the eighth through the tenth centuries, and the role of vision and the frame in the spatial apparatus of sovereignty through the fifteenth century.
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Ruggles (Near Eastern studies, Cornell U.) approaches the topic from a new angle, that of vision and the experience of the viewer. Ruggles shows that Islamic gardens held a variety of meanings, including symbols of power, and most interestingly, she connects the gardens in Spain and their development to concurrent developments in agriculture, specifically in botany. Finally, she discusses each garden as closely allied to the architectural context in which it occurred (the estates of C<'o>rdoba, the palace at Madinat al-Zahr<'a>, the palaces of the Taifa, the Alhambra) as part of her larger thesis on how<-->that is, from where<-->they were seen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271022475
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Fairchild Ruggles is Associate Professor in Landscape History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the editor of Women, Patronage, and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies (2000).

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1 Landscape
1 History and Landscape 1
2 Botany and the Agricultural Revolution 15
Pt. 2 Gardens and Architecture
3 Palaces and Estates of Cordoba, 711-936 35
4 Madinat Al-Zahra 53
5 Madinat Al-Zahra, Samarra, and the View 86
6 Later Cordoban Palaces and Gardens 110
Pt. 3 The Garden Legacy
7 Palaces of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 135
8 The Alhambra 163
9 Illusion and Paradise 209
Notes 223
Bibliography 251
Index 267
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