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Robert Hillenbrand, Islamic Architecture. Form, function and meaning , Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £65, ISBN 0 7486 0479 0.

Robert Hillenbrand, Islamic Architecture. Form, function and meaning , Edinburgh University... book reviews Hillenbrand, Islamic Architecture. Form, Junction and meaning, Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £6r, Robert isbn o 7486 0479 o. The decorative arts and book painting of Islamic civilisation are becoming increasingly familiar to western audiences thanks to permanent gallery displays and a number of large, high-profile exhibitions, with their concomitant catalogues and other publications. Yet for a long time and for very obvious physical reasons, an equally vibrant and fascinating aspect of Islamic culture, its architecture, has remained hidden, accessible only to the scholar, student or committed amateur prepared to travel abroad. Only the disembodied fragments of architectural decoration preserved in collections and the stylised architectural settings of many miniatures have been able to suggest the enormous wealth and richness of this aspect of Islamic culture. This unavoidable barrier that is the physical distance of Islamic architecture has been compounded by many factors; foremost among these a paucity of publications aimed outside the specialised audience of Islamic architectural history. Yet, even when such books have been written, there has often remained a more subtle yet equally powerful barrier between the reader and this material: the barrier of cultural background. Most texts have been stylistic discussions based http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Robert Hillenbrand, Islamic Architecture. Form, function and meaning , Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £65, ISBN 0 7486 0479 0.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 6 (6): 108 – Jan 1, 1995

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Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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book reviews Hillenbrand, Islamic Architecture. Form, Junction and meaning, Edinburgh University Press, 1994, Hardback, £6r, Robert isbn o 7486 0479 o. The decorative arts and book painting of Islamic civilisation are becoming increasingly familiar to western audiences thanks to permanent gallery displays and a number of large, high-profile exhibitions, with their concomitant catalogues and other publications. Yet for a long time and for very obvious physical reasons, an equally vibrant and fascinating aspect of Islamic culture, its architecture, has remained hidden, accessible only to the scholar, student or committed amateur prepared to travel abroad. Only the disembodied fragments of architectural decoration preserved in collections and the stylised architectural settings of many miniatures have been able to suggest the enormous wealth and richness of this aspect of Islamic culture. This unavoidable barrier that is the physical distance of Islamic architecture has been compounded by many factors; foremost among these a paucity of publications aimed outside the specialised audience of Islamic architectural history. Yet, even when such books have been written, there has often remained a more subtle yet equally powerful barrier between the reader and this material: the barrier of cultural background. Most texts have been stylistic discussions based

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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