Arts and Architectures in the Islamic Traditions
K Prakash Dash
  • ISBN : 9789388162685
  • year : 2019
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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Islamic Art and Architecture, the art and architecture of those territories – Middle East, North Africa, northern India and Spain – that fell under Muslim domination beginning in the 7th century AD. Islamic art is not an art pertaining to religion only. The term ‘Islamic’ refers not only to the religion, but to the rich and varied Islamic culture as well. Islamic art frequently adopts secular elements and elements that are frowned upon, if not forbidden, by some Islamic theologians. Islamic architecture encompasses a wide range of both secular and religious styles from the foundation of Islam to the present day, influencing the design and construction of buildings and structures in Islamic culture. The principal Islamic architectural types are: the Mosque, the Tomb, the Palace and the Fort. From these four types, the vocabulary of Islamic architecture is derived and used for buildings of less important such as public baths, fountains and domestic architecture. A characteristic Indo-Islamic-Persian style that flourished on the Indian subcontinent during the Mughal empire (1526-1857). This new style combined elements of Islamic art and architecture, which had been introduced to India during Delhi Sultanate (1192-1398) and had produced great monuments such as the QutbMinar, with features of Persian art and architecture. Mughal monuments are found chiefly in N India, but there are also many remains in Pakistan. This article discusses these distinctive forms of art and architecture as they developed under a succession of Mughal emperors. This book is an endeavour in providing students with sound information on Islamic art and architecture.