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Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning Paperback – 1 Oct 2000


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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074861379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748613793
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.5 x 24.6 cm
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This book is a treasure trove ! a refreshing contribution to the field of Islamic architecture. The publication in paperback of Robert Hillenbrand's Islamic Architecture will be a boon to those who want to study the subject in depth ... Since this book first appeared in 1994 it has provided readers with an opportunity to grasp the vast scope of architectural history in the Islamic world and to understand how its traditions developed. The author discusses the evolution of Islamic architecture from its origins in Medina to its flowering in diverse and far-flung territories from Spain to Afghanistan. His task was daunting, but in an impressive lifetime of study he has personally experienced the architecture in all but one of the countries he covers...with his scholarly guidance and broad perspective, countless readers will gain a broader perspective and a deeper understand of Islamic architecture. Islamic Architecture is an awesome achievement ... Hillenbrand's arguments are incisively presented in a prose [which] occasionally develops an eloquence that mesmerises. Islamic Architecture is a work on a grand scale ... admirable for its intellectual rigour. Marvellous ... no other work comes close remotely close to this wealth of illustrations and informed discussion This book is a treasure trove ! a refreshing contribution to the field of Islamic architecture. The publication in paperback of Robert Hillenbrand's Islamic Architecture will be a boon to those who want to study the subject in depth ... Since this book first appeared in 1994 it has provided readers with an opportunity to grasp the vast scope of architectural history in the Islamic world and to understand how its traditions developed. The author discusses the evolution of Islamic architecture from its origins in Medina to its flowering in diverse and far-flung territories from Spain to Afghanistan. His task was daunting, but in an impressive lifetime of study he has personally experienced the architecture in all but one of the countries he covers...with his scholarly guidance and broad perspective, countless readers will gain a broader perspective and a deeper understand of Islamic architecture. Islamic Architecture is an awesome achievement ... Hillenbrand's arguments are incisively presented in a prose [which] occasionally develops an eloquence that mesmerises. Islamic Architecture is a work on a grand scale ... admirable for its intellectual rigour. Marvellous ... no other work comes close remotely close to this wealth of illustrations and informed discussion

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Robert Hillenbrand explores the range of public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700, focusing on the relationship between architecture and society. Included are chapters on religious and secular architecture and the architecture of tombs, each one providing a lucid and penetrating overview of a characteristic building type. Buildings are discussed in terms of form and function, the roles of specific building types in the Islamic order and the expression of different sociocultural groups in architectural terms. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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