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Dictionary of Islamic Architecture

1st Edition

By Andrew Petersen


352 pages

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The Dictionary of Islamic Architecture provides the fullest range of artistic, technical, archaeological, cultural and biographical data for the entire geographical and chronological spread of Islamic architecture - from West Africa through the Middle East to Indonesia, and from the seventh to the eighteenth centuries of the Common Era.

Over 500 entries are arranged alphabetically and fully cross-referenced and indexed to permit easy access to the text and to link items of related interest.

Four main categories of subject matter are explored:

* dynastic and regional overviews

* individual site descriptions

* biographical entries

* technical definitions

Over 100 relevant plans, sketch maps, photographs and other illustrations complement and illuminate the entries, and the needs of the reader requiring further information are met by individual entry bibliographies.


`It will serve as an indispensable reference tool for all academics, students and researchers involved in the study of Islamic architecture and archaeology. A useful addition to the reference library shelves.' - Reference Reviews

`Petersen's book is an excellent study of the rich depository of Islamic culture, and it will enrich architectural and Islamic libraries. This is a book that professional and academic readers will find essential and that general audiences will find interesting and instructive.' - Digest of Middle East Studies

Table of Contents

Ajimez * Allepo * Arabesque * Artesando * Bijapur * Bulgaria * Byzantine * Crusader Period * Desert * Fathy, Hassan * Fez * Gardens * Ghana * Granada * Harem * House * Jerusalem * Mamluk Architecture * Minaret * Mosaic * Mosque of Amr * Oman * Pakistan * Qatar * Semahane * Singapore * Spain * Taj Mahal * Tomb of the Abasid Caliphs

About the Author

Andrew Petersen is an archaeologist specializing in Islamic architecture. He has worked on archaeological excavations and building surveys in Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Turkey, Kenya and Tanzania. He is currently working for the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem as field director of the Medieval and Ottoman Survey and as a team member of the International Merv Project in the former Soviet republic of Turkmentistan. Jerusalem.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology