This beautifully conceived and produced survey of Islamic architecture explores the glorious world of the caravansarai, mausoleum, palace, and mosque. Focusing on the multifaceted relation of architecture to society, Robert Hillenbrand covers public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700. Extensive photographs and ground plans -- among which are hundreds of newly executed three-dimensional drawings that provide an accurate and vivid depiction of the structure -- are presented with an emphasis on the way the specific details of the building fulfilled their function.
Included are chapters on religious and secular architecture and the architecture of tombs. Each building is discussed in terms of function, the links between particular forms and specific uses, the role of special types of buildings in the Islamic order, and the expressions of different sociocultural groups in architectural terms. Here the student or historian of Islamic architecture will find an astonishing resource, including Maghribi palaces, Anatolian madrasas, Indian minarets, Fatimid mausolea, and Safavid mosques, each rendered in lavish illustrations and explained with incomparable precision.
Elaborate and extensive... The brilliant dimension of this book is the author's investment in raising issues of intellectual inquiry. -- Howayda Al-Harithy Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Table of Contents Preface and Acknowledgements List of Captions for Black and White Plates List of Captions for Line Drawings 1. The Scope of the Enquiry: Problems and Approaches 2. The Mosque 3. The Minaret 4. The Madrasa 5. The Mausoleum 6. The Caravansarai 7. The Palace Composite Catalogue of Line Drawings Glossary of Islamic Terms Select Bibliography Sources of Line Dr wings Accompanying the text Sources of Line Drawings at the back of the book Index of Individual Monuments Index of Terms in Foreign (Principally Islamic) Languages Index of Proper Names Subject Index Key to the numbering system for Illustrations