Islamic Architecture: A World History

Islamic Architecture: A World History

“Architecture is a unique way to engage with cultures other than our own. … This is why I have let the images in the book do most of the talking. What I ask of the reader is only to have a good look.”

—From Islamic Architecture
Intent on showing the wide-ranging influence of Islamic architecture, author Eric Broug, a specialist in Islamic geometric art and design, surveyed more than half a million building photos to select the 300 images of mosques, madrasas and other architectural examples included here. Even an idle glance through the pages shows his efforts were not in vain. Opting for a wider definition of the Islamic world, Broug chose both sacred and secular structures from around the globe to illustrate how Islamic design and decoration concepts have spread from the Middle East through Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Divided by geographic region, each of the six sections offers a historic overview of how Islamic architectural influences arrived and impacted the area. From there, Broug includes an explanatory caption for each entry. With stunning photos and informative text, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better introduction into Islamic architecture’s global reach.

Islamic Architecture: A World History
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