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Islamic Architecture: Form, Function, and Meaning

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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. ...more
Hardcover, 670 pages
Published March 23rd 1995 by Columbia University Press (first published December 1st 1984)
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mahad
Jan 09, 2016 mahad rated it really liked it
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اين كتاب منبع بسيار خوبي براي اينه كه بفهميم واقعن جايگاه معماري ايراني در معماري اسلامي كجاست. معماري اسلامي به چي گفته ميشه. نكته فابل توجه درباره ي كتاب اينه كه نويسنده نه ايرانيه نه مسلمون و هيچ تعلقي به مباحث نداره و همين باعث شده كه مطالبش زور از غرض ورزي و پيش داوري باشه. جايي از كتاب بود كه درباره ي نماز صحبت ميكرد و طوري وصف ميكرد كه انگار درباره ي يه رقص دسته جمعي صحبت ميكنه . كتاب جالبيه و ادم رو همراه ميكنه هرچند ترجمه ي باقر شيرازي كمي ثقيله اما كتاب مفهومه. در نهايت بگم كه خوندنش ...more
Hana Al-Maktoum
Sep 15, 2012 Hana Al-Maktoum rated it really liked it
* it considered more as a reference ,especially for mosque and Islamic educational buildings (madrassah)
* although the book is mostly about two areas, it covers most of the important subjects and elements needed for designing an Islamic building .
* the author compares a lot between Islamic and western architecture which i found is written not in an objective way because it reflects his opinion only.
* at the end of the book, there are helpful illustrations.
Carolinemawer
Jul 16, 2014 Carolinemawer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iran
I have used and re-used this book.
As a student, that is.
So I'm fond of it, even though it's not exactly a snappy read.
It's very toned-down from Hillenbrand's entertaining and amazing lectures.
Despite the reservations and hedging about in the useful introduction, the problem with the book is surely the exact same problem that the whole concept of 'Islamic architecture' suffers under. It's trying to stuff a whole multi-era zoo of large and very splendid beasts into a single plain brown-paper env
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