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George Mitchell provides an excellent introduction to a subject as diverse as Islamic Architecture and the text is well accompanied by detailed photography. For those with knowledge of the subject, the book may seem too brief but the topic is so vast that it is difficult to produce books of this type. George Mitchell does however succeed in providing a good overview for those that wish to obtain a general feel of this truly magnificent area of art and architecture.
George Michell, whose other books are already on my shelves or on my wish list, has edited a magnificent collection of essays on the architecture of the Islamic world that makes one long to visit every place, every building described, in the knowledge that one's appreciation will be much deeper after reading this book. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 starsA very comprehensive introduction to muslim architecture20 Nov 1997
By Mag Konstanze Wagenhofer - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book. It gives you a very good insight to muslim architecture and is at the same time easy to read and entertaining. As an orientalist in a postgrad study program I got to read books on the subject that are much more confusing or that are written in a slightly boring style. This book is a thorough introduction that never just stays on the surface of the matter. It does not give you a chronological account of architecture history, but answers a lot of questions like "Why it was built like it was built?" In the back part of the book you find plans and short descriptions of the most important buildings, in the first part you find a lot of good photographs and even better articles on single subjects like materials or building techniques. But the most important thing: It's NEVER boring.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 starsGood for people who start7 May 2004
By Vladyslav Serdyuk - Published on Amazon.com
A Person who just starts to learn something about Islamic culture should read it. For people who knows a lot the catalogue at the second part of the book would be helpful but it is also not complete.