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Islamic Architecture of Deccan India: Deccan Heritage Foundation

George Michell (Author) Helen Philon (Author)

One of the first in-depth studies on the Deccan: a major survey on unpublished Islamic buildings Stunningly illustrated, featuring high-quality, full-color photographs of palaces, mosques and tombs, taken by Antonio Martinelli, as well as architectural plans for almost every featured building Compiled by leading academics in the field, this book is sure to become a seminal text The buildings erected in the Deccan region of India belonged to a number of pre-Mughal kingdoms that reigned in the Deccan from the middle of the 14th century onwards. The monuments testify to a culture where local and imported ideas, vernacular and pan-Islamic traditions fused and re-interpreted, to create a majestic architectural heritage with exceptional buildings on the edge of the Islamic world. Many are still standing - yet outside this region of peninsular India, they remain largely unknown. General publications on Indian Islamic architecture usually devote a single chapter to the Deccan. Even specialist monographs can only cover a portion of the region, due to the sheer number of sites. While it is impossible to encompass the full breadth of the subject in a single volume, this book aims to embrace the visual diversity of the Deccan without sacrificing the rigor of academic study. Structures of historical or architectural significance are placed in their context, as the authors discuss building typologies, civic facilities and ornamental techniques, from plaster and carved stone to glazed tiles and mural painting. A chapter is dedicated to each principal Deccan site, interweaving the rise and fall of these cities with a pictorial journey through their ruins, and each building is accompanied by an overhead plan view. Contents: Introduction; Historical Maps; Background; Cities & Citadels; Palaces; Mosques; Tombs; Decoration; Daulatabad & Khuldabad; Gulbarga & Firuzabad; Bidar; Ahmadnagar; Burhanpur; Frontier Strongholds; Bijapur; Golconda & Hyderabad; Aurangabad; Credits For Maps & Plans; Glossary; Bibliography; Index Of Cities, Sites & Monuments; Index of Names.

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About the authors

George Michell

George Michell obtained his PhD in the field of early western Chalukya temple architecture from the School of Oriental African Studies, University of London, in 1974. From 1974 to 1977, he directed courses on Asian architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and was the co-editor of Art and Archaeology Research Papers from 1972 to 1982. Since the 1980s, he has co-directed an international team of scholars and students at Vijayanagara, the medieval Hindu site in Karnataka. George Michell has also lectured at universities and museums throughout the USA, Europe, India and Australia. Among his many Publications are The Royal Palaces of India, Islamic Heritage of the Deccan, Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning and Hindu Art and Architecture.

Helen Philon

Helen Philon, a freelance Islamic art historian, has founded the Department of Islamic Art at the Benaki Museum, Athens where she was curator for a number of years.  In 1981, she published Early Islamic Ceramics at the Benaki Museum.  Her PhD on the “Religious and Royal Architecture of the Early Bahmanis” (2005) analyses the monuments of this period within their multi-ethnic cultural and religious context.  She is interested in intercultural relations.

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Bibliographic information

Title Islamic Architecture of Deccan India: Deccan Heritage Foundation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.04.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Acc Art Books
Language: English
isbn 1851498613, 9781851498611
length 416p., 13.29 x 10.26 x 1.59 Inches.