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Dictionary Of Islamic Architecture

by Andrew Petersen

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This resource provides an alphabetically arranged overview of the history of Islamic architecture. It consists of hundreds of entries focusing on geographical, archaeological, historical, and architectural terminology (from many languages). Every entry begins with a simple, one-sentence definition (for some technical terms there is no further explanation); most then continue with an expanded explanation from one paragraph to multiple pages in length. Many of the longer entries also include limited "Further reading" lists and "See also" references to other terms. Accompanying most entries are illustrations in the form of photographs, plans, maps, and drawings: these are especially effective when discussing architectural details unique to Islamic buildings. Critics may question the selection of entries on specific monuments, the paucity of information on modern developments, and the lack of a detailed index. However, considering its well-illustrated broad coverage of the subject and inclusion of the non-Arab Islamic world, this volume will prove an invaluable addition to any library with an interest in architecture or Islamic studies.
Eugene C. Burt, Art Inst. of Seattle Lib.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

""Essential to architecture reference collections."."

Digest of Middle East Studies Summer 1996
"...[This is] an excellent study of the rich repository of Islamic culture, and it will enrich architectural and Islamic libraries."

Choice - December 1996
"...a useful introduction that will answer specific questions and suggest directions for more thorough study...essential to architecture reference collections.."

Library Journal 12/95
"...well-illustrated broad coverage of the subject and inclusion of the non-Arab Islamic world..."

`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

Book Description

Now in an affordable paperback edition, this critically acclaimed dictionary is an invaluable source of artistic, technical, archaeological, cultural and biographical data on Islamic architecture from its beginnings to the present day.

Covering the Islamic world from West Africa through the Middle East to Indonesia, the dictionary features over 500 entries and 100 plans, sketch maps, photographs and other illustrations. The A-Z entries are fully cross-referenced and indexed, and range from the major individuals and sites in Islamic architecture, to building materials and techniques, and beyond.

About the Author
Andrew Petersen teaches at the University of Wales in the UK.



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