Bukhara, the Eastern Dome of Islam: Urban Development, Urban Space, Architecture and Population

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Edition Axel Menges, 2004 - Architecture - 223 pages
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Bukhara is one of the architectural miracles of the East. A Persian author of the Middle Ages called Bukhara the "Eastern Dome of Islam". This honorary title was given to the city on account of its prestige as one of the most famous centers of learning in the Islamic world. Many outstanding scholars, among them the great philosopher and medic Avicenna (Ibn Sina), came from Bukhara. Therefore it is not surprising that the name of the city itself is traditionally derived from the Indian Buddhist term "vihara" (place of learning).
In this book a city planner, an architect and a historian trace the urban development of this outstanding city and analyse its architecture in urban and historical contexts from its origins in the pre-Islamic period to the situation today. The authors did extensive fieldwork in Bukhara and have published a number of books and many articles on Near Eastern and Persian architecture and urbanism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
8
Morphology of cities in Sogdia and Eastern Iran
30
Bukhara under the last Uzbek khans
60
The rebirth of Bukhara in the 16th and 17th centuries
89
The monuments of Bukhara
102
Special buildings
117
Typological reading of the major monuments
133
A brief note on the language and techniques of construction
152
Soviet Bukhara
195
Bukhara after Socialism
211
Index
222
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Heinz Gaube is professor of Oriental studies at the University of Tubingen.

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