Islam: From Medina to the Magreb and from the Indies to Istanbul

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Routledge, 2008 - Architecture - 668 pages

This book examines the architectural tradition which developed with the religious culture of Islam. Essentially heir to the Roman development of space, it had its source in the ubiquitous courtyard house, while the development of the mosque as both place of worship and the centre of the community, its form a response to the requirements of prayer set out in the Koran, was given a range of forms as the conquests of Islam came up against the traditions of Egypt, Persia, India and China. The tradition developed further in tombs, palaces and fortifications, all of which are described and illustrated here.

The architecture of Islam encompasses a high proportion of the world's most beautiful buildings. This book covers the whole range in unprecedented breadth and depth.

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The Mamluks of Egypt and Syria 274 Peripheral states
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Christopher Tadgell taught in London and at the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, with interludes as F. L. Morgan Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Louisville and as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

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