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Islamic architecture : form, function, and meaning

Author: Robert Hillenbrand
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Casebound edView all editions and formats
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"This 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Hillenbrand
ISBN: 0231101325 9780231101325 0231101333 9780231101332
OCLC Number: 30319450
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 1994.
Description: xxvi, 645 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
Contents: The scope of the enquiry: problems and approaches --
The Mosque --
The Minaret --
The Madrasa --
The mausoleum --
The Caravansarai --
The palace.
Responsibility: Robert Hillenbrand.

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This is the definitive survey of Islamic architecture. Working from a social, rather than a technical perspective, Hillenbrand shows how the buildings fulfilled their intended functions within the  Read more...

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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

 
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