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Lahore: History and Architecture of Mughal Monuments

Anjum Rehmani (Author)

The city of Lahore, one of the seats of the Mughal Empire, is regarded as the cultural centre of Pakistan and is famous for its many old monuments. However, the informed visitor or student has long felt the absence of a reliable volume on its architecture. Dr Rahmani’s book is diligently researched and deals with the history and architecture of old monuments in Lahore, especially of the Mughal period. The topic is rich in terms of the variety of building types and covers a period of several centuries. The study has been organized chronologically, highlighting locations, significance, history, architecture, and the current condition of each monument. It also discusses the architectural and aesthetic influences, both foreign and local, and contains a comprehensive statement of achievements of particular epochs. A comparative approach has been adopted to determine the architectural merit of specific monuments. At the end of the book, there is a chapter pertaining to analytical study of monuments in a historical perspective. The old theories regarding origin and nomenclature have been updated in the light of fresh research. The study, based on 33 years of personal observation by the author, also utilizes both published and unpublished sources, and official records.

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About the author

Anjum Rehmani

Anjum Rehmani served the Lahore Museum for 33 years, rising to the post of Director. During his service, he established three new galleries and developed the collection of manuscripts and coins at the Lahore Museum. He also served as Project Director of the Bahawalpur Museum and Chairman, Executive Committee of the Faqir Khana Museum in Lahore. As a Visiting Professor, he taught at the Punjab University, Lahore, and the Allama Iqbal Open University, Lahore Campus. He is presently teaching a course on ‘Lahore: History and Architecture’ at the GC University, Lahore.

He holds two PhD degrees and has received training in Museology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. He has presented numerous research papers at national and international conferences and is the author of many books and articles. Among his books, the best known are Masterpieces of Lahore Museum, Punjab: Tamadni wa Moasharti Jaieza, and Pakistan Mein Talim. He has edited the Lahore Museum Bulletin for several years.

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Title Lahore: History and Architecture of Mughal Monuments
Author Anjum Rehmani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.10.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199066094, 9780199066094
length 520p., Plates; 28.2 x 3.3 x 21.8cm.