Sultans and Mosques: The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh

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I.B.Tauris, Aug 15, 2007 - Architecture - 241 pages
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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 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 its subject.
 

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Contents

foreword
1
Chapter
7
Chapter 2
23
Pandua West Bengal Adina Mosque 1375 plan
47
Shaitgumbad Mosque Bagerhat midfifteenth century plan
48
Bagerhat Shaitgumbad Mosque
49
Sonargaon Fath Shahs Mosque 1484 plan
50
Sonargaon Fath Shahs Mosque
52
Barobazar Galakata Mosque central mihrab before conservation
139
Jhenaidah Sailkupa Mosque midfifteenth century southeast view
140
Patuakhali Masjidbari Mosque 146574 southeast view
142
Patuakhali Masjidbari Mosque interior of verandah chauchala vault
143
Bagerhat Chunakhola Mosque late fifteenth century plan
145
Bagerhat Chunakhola Mosque
146
Gaur Chhota Sona Mosque 14931519 plan
147
Gaur Chhota Sona Mosque northeast view
148

Kishoreganj Qutb Shahs Mosque late sixteenth century plan
53
Sonargaon Muazzampur Shahi Jami Mosque 143233
54
Habiganj Shankarpasha Mosque 14931519
55
Vishnu from Dhaka twelfth century
56
Pandua Adina Mosque terracotta decoration on tympanum above mihrab
57
Rajshahi Bagha Mosque 152324 corbelled brick pendentive in interior
60
Tughra inscription of Sultan Shams alDin Yusuf Shah dated 879147475
68
Chapter 3
71
Mahasthan Mankalir Bhita Mosque reconstructed plan
74
Mahasthan Mankalir Bhita Mosque ruined interior piers
76
Sonargaon Muazzampur Shahi Jami Mosque 143233 plan
77
Sonargaon Muazzampur Shahi Jami Mosque interior
78
Dhaka Binat Bibis Mosque 145657 exterior north wall
80
Dhaka Binat Bibis Mosque reconstructed plan
81
Shahzadpur Makhdum Shahs Mosque mid to late fifteenth century minbar
84
Shahzadpur Makhdum Shahs Mosque plan and top view of minbar
85
Shahzadpur Makhdum Shahs Mosque northeast view
86
Barguna Bibi Chinis Mosque mid to late fifteenth century ruined interior
88
Chittagong Faqirs Mosque 147481 plan
90
Chittagong Faqirs Mosque
91
Gaur Darasbari Mosque 147980 central aisle
93
Gaur Darasbari Mosque interior northwest
94
Narayanganj Bandar Shahi Mosque 1481 plan
96
Narayanganj Bandar Shahi Mosque north view
97
Barobazar Galakata Mosque midfifteenth century plan
138
Gaur Chhota Sona Mosque platform in interior northwest
149
Habiganj Shankarpasha Mosque 14931519 plan
152
Habiganj Shankarpasha Mosque southeast view
153
Khulna Aroshnagar Mosque 15012 reconstructed plan
154
Narayanganj Baba Salehs Mosque 1505 reconstructed plan
156
Sonargaon Goaldi Mosque 1519 central and south mihrab
158
Bagerhat Tendomed Mosque early sixteenth century plan
160
Rajshahi Bagha Mosque southeast view
161
Rajshahi Bagha Mosque plan
163
Rajshahi Bagha Mosque mihrab
164
Faridpur Majlis Awlias Mosque early sixteenth century plan
166
Faridpur Majlis Awlias Mosque corbelled entrance vault
167
Faridpur Majlis Awlias Mosque exterior mihrab projection
168
Faridpur Majlis Awlias Mosque south mihrab
169
Barobazar Gorar Mosque early sixteenth century plan
171
Barobazar Manohor Dighi Mosque early sixteenth century plan
173
Barobazar Pirpukur Mosque early sixteenth century plan
174
Barobazar Pirpukur Mosque ruins
175
Sirajganj Nabagram Mosque 1526 plan
176
Sirajganj Nabagram Mosque verandah facade
177
Appendix 1
207
Principal Abbreviations
214
Select Bibliography
221
Index of Mosques
229
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Perween Hasan is Professor of Islamic History and Culture at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She obtained her PhD at Harvard University where she studied under Professor Oleg Grabar.

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