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Cultural Heritage of Islamic Civilization (In 2 Volumes)

Atiq R. Siddiqui (Author)

The book is exclusively based on "Indo-Islamic" period in India with special reference to the history, art, architecture, fine art and cultural heritage of Islamic world. This is a stimulating and perceptive survey of oriental civilizations and traces their evolution from the earliest period of Islamic era to the dawn of modern age. The history and traditional values of Islam and Islamic art and architecture of other regions of the world are also been pointed out and provides a guiding thread among the various styles and periods about the Islamic cultural heritage. During this period the built heritage produced in the form of architecture and various fine arts under the patronization of Muslim rulers and others developed in India and other part of world is the main subject of study.

The book is mainly based on Islamic art and architecture comprising with nine chapters, such as Indo-Islamic Architecture, Islamic Architecture of the World, World Heritage Monuments and Sites, Manuscript and Painting, Islamic Coinage, Arms and Armours, Art of Calligraphy, Decorative Art, and Eras. Such issues have been discussed in detail with documentary proves and sufficient information. In the chapters, the early architecture of Islamic world and its gradual development in various countries has been made available. The traditions of five major strands comprising Arab, Iranian, Turkish, central Asian and Indian with reference to their art and architecture have been described which ultimately named as "Islamic Civilization".

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About the author

Atiq R. Siddiqui

Atiq R. Siddiqui, Superintending Archaeologist in Agra Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is a well known scholar in the field of archaeology, museum, medieval history and Islamic art & architecture for the past three decades.

He started his career as Curator in Red Fort Museum in 1976. Later, he joined the National Museum as the Head of Arms & Armour for five years. Again he joined ASI in 1994 and set up some of the site Museums of coins, paintings, manuscripts, historical weapons and other art objects at various places in the country. Due to his expertise in the field of archaeology and museums, he was deputed to Russia, Germany, France and Czechoslovakia by the Government of India for organizing the exhibitions on Indo-Islamic Art & Architecture.

He is a graduate from Aligarh Muslim University. Due to his outstanding result, he was awarded with National Merit Scholarship and UGC fellowship. He secured the degree of M.A. from University of Delhi and Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University and is well versed with the classical languages like Arabic, Persian., Turkish, Pashtu and Urdu; as a result he deciphered a good number of inscriptions and calligraphic specimens available on monument, art object, antiquities and manuscripts.

The author has three books and more than hundred articles and papers published in the leading magazines and journals of India and abroad to his credit. He is also known with the pen name of Atiq Anwar Siddiqui as he created hundreads of radio/TV talks, dramas, features, short story and poetry.

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Title Cultural Heritage of Islamic Civilization (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788188934638
length xxxvi+666p., B/w Photos; Maps; Figures; Appendix; Glossary; Biliography; Index; 29cm.