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5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive introduction to muslim architecture, November 20, 1997
This review is from: Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning (Paperback)
I love this book. It gives you a very good insight to muslim architecture and is at the same time easy to read and entertaining. As an orientalist in a postgrad study program I got to read books on the subject that are much more confusing or that are written in a slightly boring style. This book is a thorough introduction that never just stays on the surface of the matter. It does not give you a chronological account of architecture history, but answers a lot of questions like "Why it was built like it was built?" In the back part of the book you find plans and short descriptions of the most important buildings, in the first part you find a lot of good photographs and even better articles on single subjects like materials or building techniques. But the most important thing: It's NEVER boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for people who start, May 7, 2004
This review is from: Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning (Paperback)
A Person who just starts to learn something about Islamic culture should read it. For people who knows a lot the catalogue at the second part of the book would be helpful but it is also not complete.
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