Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam: An Architectural Readings of Mystical Ideas

Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam: An Architectural Readings of Mystical Ideas

by Samer Akkach

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ISBN-13: 9780791483442
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Samer Akkach is Associate Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the Founding Director of the Center for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA).

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Note to the Reader

Preface

Introduction

Abbreviations

1. Discursive Order

Cosmology: An Overview
Symbolism: A Critical Review
History and Symbolism
Sufism
Symbolism: A Sufi Perspective

2. Metaphysical Order

Being and Presence
The Primordial Presence
The Divine Presence
The Human Presence
The Epitome of Creation
The Presence of the Word

3. Cosmic Order

The Original Idea
Creative Breathing
The “Cloud” and Cosmic Forms
The World of Command
The World of Creation

4. Architectural Order

Gazing at the Sky
Ordering Spaces
Architecture and the Sacred
The Ka’ba: The First House
The Mosque and the Spatiality of Prayer

Afterword: Architecture and Cosmic Habitat

Notes

List of Arabic Manuscripts Cited

Selected Bibliography

Index

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