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Islam Art & Architecture Hardcover – October 12, 2011

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For this book, editors Markus Hattstein and Peter Delius have gathered contributions from renowned scholars in the disciplines of art history, history, archaeology, and architecture who convey their expertise vividly and clearly.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: hf ULLMANN (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3833161078
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833161070
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By sid1gen on July 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is simply a magnificent book. Written and published originally in German, well-translated (it reads as if it had been originally written in English, which indicates a good translation), beautifully put together, well edited, with hundreds of full color photographs of mosaics, mosques, palaces, forts, towns, manuscripts, jewels, and mausoleums. The book claims attention. It is a full history of Islam, with maps and timelines in every chapter to help the reader in what might be unfamiliar territory, plus a full history of the development of Art and Architecture in 14 centuries of Islamic culture around the globe. Every page has at least one photograph, and all photographs are of great quality, sharp and clear. Even the photo on page 334, one of the very few in black and white, is good, almost haunting, since the walls shown are in ruins. The paper is also high quality. From the cover onwards it is clear that there is great respect for the culture represented in this book, and for the reader who will go through 600 hundred pages of text and supporting material. My personal highlights: night shot of the Kaaba, in Mecca, p. 2 and 13. Map of Europe, Asia, and most of Africa with sharp, thumbnail-like photographs of Muslim architectonic marvels in those three continents, p. 6-7. Al-Mutawakkil mosque, p. 103. What the facade of the Azhar Mosque in Cairo (p. 140) and the Almoravid clay seal (p. 247) have in common, which is a testimony to the endurance of symbols. The entire "Spain and Morocco" chapter, 207-299.
The appendix, starting on 601, is helpful and clear. The publisher, Könemann, is reponsible for another winner, "Gothic Architecture, Sculpture, Painting," but I believe "Islam, Art and Architecture" is better overall.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris J on March 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I can't add much more than has been said by the other reviewers here - this is a fascinating study of the art and architecture of Islam at a great price.

My one reservation, however, is the general size of the pictures. Unlike the other books in this series which I have (Gothic, Romanesque, Egypt, Baroque) there are far fewer full page bleeds - it is much more scrappy and bitty in its presentation of the images. It is more like a giant guide book.

Considering most people will be interested in this for the images (it is, after all, an art book), you are left wondering why the book is so big when most of the images don't make use of it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ashfaq ismail on June 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Size does matter-this book is huge particularly if you consider the giveaway price(the paper costs more).Ok so it's big and it has pictures-nice ones!It's also comprehensive,diverse and well written,this book is the best there is for an amazing tour of islamic art and architecture.
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