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.
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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.Review:
...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..
– Library Journal , 12/95
An indispensable reference tool for all academics, students and researchers involved in the study of Islamic architecture and archaeology. It is also an accessible resource for anyone interested in Islamic or Middle East studies, or who just needs a wide-ranging introduction to this increasingly popular field. A useful addition to the reference library shelves..
– Reference Reviews Volume 10/5, 1996
Andrew Peterson's book is a welcome addition to the Islamic library, to students of Islamic architecture, as well as to the general public interested in Islamic cultural history. Author Peterson gives us a comprehensive, thourough, and profound treatment opf gis subject..... [This is] an excellent study of the rich repository 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, Summer 1996
...a useful introduction that will answer specific questions and suggest directions for more thorough study...essential to architecture reference collections..
–Choice, December 1996
.. covers the length and breadth of the Muslim world from classical to modern times, offering a wealth of information ... Architectural drawings, photographs, and maps are superbly produced and well chosen in this important volume; and articles on important countries [and] regions ... provide readers with a strong historical and geographical summary of the Islamic architectural tradition.
–Religion and the Arts
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