Sultans and Mosques: The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh
Before the Mughal style came to dominate the Islamic architecture of the Indian sub-continent, Bengal and its rulers had developed their own forms. The mosque architecture of the Independent Sultanate period (from the 14th to the 16th centuries) represents the most important element of the Islamic architecture of Bengal. This distinctive regional style drew its inspiration from the indigenous vernacular architecture of Bengal, itself heavily influenced by Hindu/Buddhist temple architecture. The early Muslim architecture of Bangladesh is an important but little studied part of the architectural heritage of the Islamic world and the Indian sub-continent. Perween Hasan's work is a most original contribution to this subject.
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A. S. M. Ahmed Adina Mosque al-Din Allah Archaeology and Museums Architecture of Bengal Bagerhat Bagha Mosque Bangladesh Barbak Shah Barobazar bays Bibliography central entrance central mihrab chau-chala Chhota Sona Chittagong Choto Sona Mosque corbelled pendentives cornice Corpus of Inscriptions curved Dani Delhi Department of Archaeology Dhaka Dimensions district doorways east elevation figs engaged brick pilasters engaged pilasters entrance arches exterior Faridpur front Gaur hanging motifs Husayn Inscriptions of Bengal inside interior Inventory of Key Jami Mosque Jhenaidah kalasha Karim Key Monuments Khan Jahan style Khulna merlons mihrab projection minbar mouldings Muslim Narayanganj niches north and south octagonal corner towers Pandua Plan and elevation Plan fig police station prayer chamber rectangular frames rectangular panels roof rosettes rows S. M. Hasan Shah Shah's Mosque sixteenth century Sonargaon south sides spandrels squinches stone pillars Sultanate Mosques temple terracotta three entrances tomb vault verandah wall thickness West Bengal west wall