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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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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“Ruggles has made a significant contribution to our understanding of an important aspect of Islamic art and culture. Her analysis of the political and economic basis of Islamic garden design in Spain . . . and her new interpretation of the Alhambra and Generalife gardens and palaces constitute a significant contribution to the history of landscape architecture.”
—Marilyn Stokstad, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

“Her book, Gardens Landscape & Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain, is a meticulous examination of the symbolic significance that gardens played as part of the visual whole of the architecture of the age.”
—Elizabeth Iracki, Bloomsbury Review

“Ruggles’s splendidly full and broad-ranging new book is a fundamental resource on the complex of images evoked in Faisal’s wonderful line, treating the gardens of al-Andalus in their historical and ideological contexts as well as in the more familiar architectural and botanical ones. . . . Ruggles’s always clear narrative interweaves all the fundamental threads of the historical and political events necessary to fully appreciate the cultural bases of everything that had to do with that dramatic transformation of the Iberian landscape. She seems as at home talking about the changing yields of crop harvests as about the variations in the concepts of paradise as a garden across different cultures.”
—Maria Rosa Menocal, The Medieval Review (TMR)

“Like a Muslim woman slowly revealing herself as she unveils, the text gradually enchants the reader. Indeed, the book is a fine and clear-sighted essay that in a most original fashion strives to understand the complex relationships that have led to the creation of the Muslim gardens seen in Spain today.”
—Ana Luengo, Garden History

“Though Ruggles's book usefully brings together much new and little-known information about the palace gardens of al-Andalus, it is by no means a straightforward account of the evolution of these gardens but is intended rather as a grand interpretative work written from a multidisciplinary perspective. . . . The overall result is clear-headed, highly readable, stimulating, and largely persuasive.”
—Michael Jacobs, Times Literary Supplement

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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

List of Illustrations
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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