The architecture of the Islamic world is predominantly considered in terms of a dual division between 'tradition' and 'modernity' - a division which, Saeid Khaghani here argues, has shaped and limited the narrative applied to this architecture. Khaghani introduces and reconsiders the mosques of eighth- to fifteenth-century Iran in terms of poststructural theory and developments in historiography in order to develop a brand new dialectical framework. Using the examples of mosques such as the Friday Mosques in Isfahan and Yazd as well as the Imam mosque in Isfahan, Khaghani presents a new way of thinking about and discussing Islamic architecture, making this valuable reading for all interested in the study of the art, architecture and material culture of the Islamic world.
Saeid Khaghani is Visiting Assistant Professor of Persian Architectural History and Theory at the University of Tehran, Iran. He holds a PhD in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Manchester.
IntroductionChapter 1: Islam as an AttributionChapter 2: IranismChapter 3: The Mosque as Public SpaceChapter 4: Difference and the Iranian Architectural DiscourseChapter 5: Difference and ParticularityConclusion