Overview for Indian Architecture: Islamic Period (1192-1857)
This book atempts to showcase in a readable style, the history of India Architecture of the Islamic period, from the founding of hte Delhi Sultanate in 1193 to the end of hte Mughal rule in 1857. The advent of Islam in India was followed by a titanic clash of two vastly different cultures and architectural styles, of realism and idealism. It was an epoch-making event. The book traces how, during the nedxt six centuries, various Islamic ruling dynasties all over India evolved and created their own unique architectural idiom. The early Turkish Sultans of Delhi introduced the forms of hte dome and arch into the Indian architectural tradition. The Sharqi rulers of Jaunpur, the Ahmad Shahis of Gujarat, hte Bahmani Sultans of Gulbarga and Bidar, the Qutb Shahis of Golconda and the Adil Shahis of Bijapur, all created great regional variations of hte Imperial architectural style of Delhi. The Mughals erected glorious monuments in Delhi and Agra, ncorporating elements from indigenous architectural forms. The present book cover the architecture of the entire period of Muslim rule in hte country till it was replaced by hte British. Complex architectural forms are explained in a lucid style, and the book is the best introduction to India's Islamic Architecture.
Surendra Sahai (Author)
Dr. Surendra Sahai is a distinguished author specialising in medieval Indian art and architecture. He has traveled widely to study and photograph the monuments for this book. His fascination for the subjects has transformed the story of cold, grey stones into a significant chronicle recounting the creation of various architectural styles over the centuries. This book combines immense scholarship and a commendable felicity of language. Dr. Sahai is an eminent photographer. His work has featured in collections of the World’s Best Photographs London Magazine, Amateur Photographer, Practical Photography etc. He regularly contributes articles on art and architecture to Indian and foreign journals. Dr. Sahai studied English literature at the Universities of Lucknow and London. As a British Council scholar, he worked on the plays of Harold Pinter. The University of Salzburg, Austria has published his book. Dr. Surendra Sahai is a reader in English at Motilal Nehru College of Delhi University.