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Architecture of the Islamic World

Its History and Social Meaning

George Michell

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'As good a pictorial introduction to the subject as is available' Apollo


From mosques to markets, from citadels to cemeteries, this is a panoramic survey of the entire field of Islamic architecture, with contributions by leading experts in the field.

Constantly relating the architecture to the social areas of religion, power structure, commerce and communal life, the authors provide a full and informative survey with its emphasis on function and meaning rather than on chronology and style.

• Over 750 photographs
• Drawings and plans
• Building materials
• Techniques and principles, of decoration described and explained
• Comprehensive illustrated inventory of the key buildings of the Islamic world

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'Richly rewarding … magnificently illustrated'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.9 x 20.9 cm

Extent: 288 pp

Illustrations: 758

Publication date: 21 August 1995

ISBN: 9780500278475

About the Author

George Michell is an architectural historian specializing in ancient Indian architecture. Among his many publications are The Royal Palaces of India and The Majesty of Mughal Decoration, both published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Ernst J. Grube, James Dickie, Oleg Grabar, Eleanor Sims, Ronald Lewcock, Dalu Jones, Guy T. Petherbridge