Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning

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Edinburgh University Press, 1994 - Architecture, Islamic - 645 pages
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Winner of the American Publishers Association's Award for an outstanding Professional and Scholarly title and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion 1996 from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.In a dazzling display of erudition, Robert Hillenbrand surveys the major building-types of the Islamic World: religious architecture (the mosque, the minaret, the madrasa), the mausoleum ‘between Heaven and Earth’, and the caravansarai and the palace representing the secular side.All the building-types are discussed in art-historical terms, with the interplay of form and function taken as the underlying theme of the analysis. All are comprehensively illustrated with a full range of colour and black-and-white photographs, analytical drawings, thumbnail comparative assemblies and ground plans.This major reference work, covering from Spain to Afghanistan and c. 700 to c. 1700, is a source of fascination for all seeking to appreciate the rich heritage of the Islamic World. Recurrent themes and patterns take on a wider significance - a persistent reminder that the Islamic faith and the particular type of society which it engendered makes light of vast gulfs of time and space.Features:*24 colour plates*300 black-and-white photographs*1246 line drawings*Section of composite drawings and ground plansAvailable in Hardback (originally published in 1994) and a revised paperback edition published in 2000.This new paperback edition includes a previously unpublished index, designed to make the book more user-friendly.

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Evidence of the growing interest in Islamic art is the almost simultaneous appearance of Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom's Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250-1800 (LJ 1/95) and Hillenbrand's ... Read full review

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Problems and Approaches
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The Mosque
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The Minaret
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Professor Robert Hillenbrand is Professor of Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh

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