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Islamic Architecture in India

Satish Grover (Author)
Synopsis This volume covers the impact of resurgent Islamic thought, ideals, religion and philosophy on the ancient and established civilisation of the Hindus in India, a subject that has fascinated me for long. How powerful the force of Islam was and how effectively the Indian builder produced a viable style out of the two seemingly contradictory philosophies is only too apparent in the great and diverse masterpieces of Islamic architecture all over India. The Qutab Minar at Delhi, the Jami and Atala Masjids at Mandu and Jaunpur, the Teen Darwaza at Ahmedabad, the Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur, the city of Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj at Agra are all undoubtedly and distinctly Islamic. This book, however, stresses on the indigenous quality of each of these monuments. In fact, they represent a mirrorlike architectural reflection of the synthesis of Hindu and Muslim cultures that reached its most creative period under the rule of Akbar. This process of assimilation is evident in varying degrees at Delhi,
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About the author

Satish Grover

An architect, lecturer and freelance writer, he was born in 1940. He studied mathematics at the University of Delhi and architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, where he has also been teaching for almost 30 years of which he has spent 7 years as Head of the Department of Architecture. He has also edited Architecture+Design magazine for 10 years. He has won a national award for his design of the Indoor Swimming Pool for the Asian Games held at New Delhi in 1982. Grover’s Islamic Architecture in India and a story of contemporary architecture in India Building Beyond Borders are also other valuable publications.

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Bibliographic information

Title Islamic Architecture in India
Author Satish Grover
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8123907834
length xii+179p., Figures; Col. & B/w Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.