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Studies in Medieval Indian Architecture

 
R. Nath (Author)
Synopsis This is an anthology of papers on Medieval Indian Architecture, covering some of its main themes and the period from 1192 to 1803 AD. It includes the study of such important monuments as the Qutb Minar Delhi; the tomb of Muhammad bin Tughlaq in the Dar’ul-Aman, Delhi; the Begumpuri and Four-quartered mosques of Delhi; the Iwan mosques of Jaunpur, the gateways of Chanderi and the tombs of Sasaram, as also such typical ornamental designs as ‘arabesques’ and ‘geometricals’. Chapters on ‘Ceilings’ deal with some unique constructional techniques used in Medieval India. An important paper is on the hitherto unknown and unpublished will of Babur and another on his mysterious tomb at Agra. Medieval Christian monuments have been studied by way of introduction. An academic study of the Ram-Janmabhumi temple of Ayodhya and its epigraphic data has also been made for the first time. Vastu-Purusa-Mandala is a study of the basic theory of Indian Architecture, practiced through the ages. Rather than descriptive, these are interpretative studies of the fundamentals of this art and contain substantial research material of a lifetime. The text is adequately illustrated by 42 figures and 117 plates.
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About the author

R. Nath

Prof Ram Nath (born: 1933) was educated at St. John’s College, Agra. He passed his M.A. (History) in I Dn with first position. He did his Ph.D. and D.Litt. on Mughal monuments of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi from the Agra University. He taught at Agra College as Lecturer (1965-75) and University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as Reader and Professor (1979-93). He is dedicated to higher research in Medieval Indian Architecture which he has studied in the field. He has worked at more than 45 historical sites, mainly of Western India, during the last three decades. He was the recipient of several research fellowships, including the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship. He has authored more than 45 books, 10 monographs, 150 research-papers and 250 popular articles. He is internationally recognized as an authority on Mughal Architecture. His five-volume monumental series: History of Mughal Architecture is a classic of which three volumes and a supplement have been published. The series is, truly, his magnum opus. He has directed the course of the study of Indo-Muslim Architecture into the scientific channel and made it a perfect discipline, instead of a compendium of romantic tales, fanciful anecdotes and hearsay legends. He has traced the evolutionary process of this style, point by point, and emancipated it from sectarian and racial misnomers. His is, essentially, a study of the Land, the People and the Culture.

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Title Studies in Medieval Indian Architecture
Author R. Nath
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1995
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185880565
length xvii+172p., 117 Plates; Figures; Tables; Notes; References; Index; 26cm.