Muslim Architecture of South India

The Sultanate of Ma'bar and the Traditions of Maritime Settlers on the Malabar and Coromandel Coasts (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa)

By Mehrdad Shokoohy

© 2003 – Routledge

350 pages

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Paperback: 9780415866453
pub: 2013-10-16
Hardback: 9780415302074
pub: 2003-06-05

About the Book

This book reinterprets the Muslim architecture and urban planning of South India, looking beyond the Deccan to the regions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala - the historic coasts of Coromandel and Malabar. For the first time a detailed survey of the Muslim monuments of the historic ports and towns demonstrates a rich and diverse architectural tradition entirely independent from the better known architecture of North India and the Deccan sultanates. The book, extensively illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings, widens the horizons of our understanding of Muslim India and will no doubt pave new paths for future studies in the field.


'This book makes a valuable pioneering contribution in the area of south Indian Muslim history.' - The Muslim World Book Review

'There can be little doubt that [this book] will remain the basic reference text on the subject for quite some time to come, and rightly so.' - South Asian Studies

About the Author

Mehrdad Shokoohy is an architect and specialist in the conservations of urban environments. He is Chair of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Greenwich, and has a particular interest in the architecture and planning of the Middle East, South and Central Asia. His expertise extends to the fields of literature, history, archaeology, epigraphy and numismatics of these regions. For his contributions to South Asian studies he has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science by Heriot-Watt University and the Edinburgh College of Art.

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Routledge Studies in South Asia

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General