Unlike previous studies, which follow a chronological record of individual buildings, Hillebrand's prize-winning and comprehensive survey of pre-modern Islamic architecture is organised around building types, with chapters on religious and secular architecture as well as one on the architecture between heaven and earth. This illustrated volume has become a reference guide to Islamic architecture.
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This is the definitive survey of Islamic architecture. Working from a social, rather than a technical perspective, Hillenbrand shows how the buildings fulfilled their intended functions within the community. Lavishly illustrated.From the Back Cover:
Robert Hillenbrand explores the range of public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700, focusing on the relationship between architecture and society. Included are chapters on religious and secular architecture and the architecture of tombs, each one providing a lucid and penetrating overview of a characteristic building type. Buildings are discussed in terms of form and function, the roles of specific building types in the Islamic order and the expression of different sociocultural groups in architectural terms.
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