Book , Print in English

Islamic architecture : form, function, and meaning

Robert Hillenbrand.
  • New York : Columbia University Press, ©1994.
  • Casebound ed.
  • xxvi, 645 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
  • "This survey of Islamic architecture explores the glorious world of the caravansarai, mausoleum, palace, and mosque. Focusing on the multifaceted relation of architecture to society, Robert Hillenbrand covers public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700. Extensive photographs and ground plans - among which are hundreds of newly executed three-dimensional drawings that provide an accurate and vivid depiction of the structure -are presented with a emphasis on the way the specific details of the building fulfilled their function." "Included are chapters on religious and secular architecture and the architecture of tombs. Each building is discussed in terms of function, the links between particular forms and specific uses, the role of special types of buildings in the Islamic order, and the expressions of different sociocultural groups in architectural terms. Here the student or historian of Islamic architecture will find an astonishing resource, including Maghribi palaces, Anatolian madrasas, Indian minarets, Fatimid mausolea, and Safavid mosques, each rendered in lavish illustrations and explained with incomparable precision."--Jacket.
  • The scope of the enquiry: problems and approaches
  • The Mosque
  • The Minaret
  • The Madrasa
  • The mausoleum
  • The Caravansarai
  • The palace.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 601-607) and indexes.
  • Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 1994.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Debbie & R. Champlin Sheridan Humanities Fund; FY2017.
  • 0231101325
  • 9780231101325
  • 0231101333
  • 9780231101332
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 94011236
  • OCLC: 30319450
  • OCLC: 30319450