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Sultanate Architecture of Pre-Mughal India

Elizabeth Schotten Merklinger (Author)
Synopsis The Mughals ruled a united north India for over three centuries, but the roots of the glorious monuments they built are found in earlier provincial styles of architecture. In this richly illustrated work, Dr. Elizabeth Schotten study of the architecture of the Sultanate period. During the pre-Mughal centuries provincial Islamic styles of architecture developed, some of great importance and originality, each a spontaneous movement arising from its respective rulers and the desire to express particular aesthetic ideals. Many factors influenced these regional styles, the technical ability of the craftsmen, the climatic conditions and the strength of the bond each province had with the capital, Delhi. In Sultanate Architecture of Pre-Mughal India Elizabeth Schotten Merklinger traces the architectural development of each Sultanate. She shows that each provincial style is a synthesis between opposing spiritual and aesthetic concepts faced by the early Muslims in India. Nowhere else in the Islamic world was the clash of values more pronounced. But it released the enormous energy that resulted in the construction of the splendid monuments of the Mughal age. This book evolved out of a series of lectures on Indian Islamic architecture given at the Oriental Institute, Oxford, in 1991. There has been no update on Indo-Islamic architecture since the definitive work, Percy Brown, Indian Architecture: Islamic Period, Bombay, 1956, reprint, 1968.
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About the author

Elizabeth Schotten Merklinger

Elizabeth Scotten Merklinger obtained her BA and MA degrees from Cambridge University (UK) and her Ph.D. from Delhi University (India). She has held research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture (Harvarad University and MIT) and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Among her publications is Indian Islamic Architecture: The Deccan 1347-1686, Warminster, 1981.

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Title Sultanate Architecture of Pre-Mughal India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121510880
length xiv+174p., Figures; Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 30cm.