Since its establishment in the seventh century, Islam has inspired glorious architecture, from magnificent domes and hypostyle halls to towering minarets, spectacular muqarnas ceilings and dazzling tiled decorations. Here, architectural historian Henri Stierlin explains the thousand and one forms of Islamic buildings by underlining the constants and the infinite variations of an artform whose energy and monumental vision have lasted over a millennium.
Henri Stierlin is a renowned French architectural historian. Among his other books are two titles in Thames & Hudson's Unfolding History series, Castles, Fortresses and Citadels and Great Monuments of the Ancient World, and the large-format Islamic Art and Architecture: From Isfahan to the Taj Mahal, also published by Thames & Hudson.
1. From Sources to Forms; 2. Umayyad and Abbasid Classicism; 3. The Rise of Iran, Anatolia and India; 4. Peak Period in Cairo, Granada and Fez; 5. Timurids, Safavids and the Great Mughals; 6. Ottoman Turkey: The Art of the Sublime Gateway.