Islamic architecture from the 7th century to the present, in Spain, the Middle East, Anatolia, North Africa, Central Asia and India, illustrated with scientific precision in the various local interpretations.
[Islamic Architecture] From the thought of Mohammed, for whom “the thing most futile, that devours the wealth of the believer, is to construct”, to the congregational mosque, the most characteristic and one of the most remote forms. Then the Dar al-Imara, the palace of government, and so on through the history, reality, documents and architectural forms of North Africa, Spain, the Middle East, Anatolia, Central Asia and India. Beyond the differences in conceptions and trends in the Islamic world, the text capably illustrates the many points of contact that unite that world and have a shared origin in the relationship with the tradition, seen as a stable point of reference. This great culture is narrated here in the context of the history of architecture, with scientific precision and terminological accuracy. The text is accompanied by a fine selection of photographs and illustrations, with examples of plans, sections and reconstructions.