Indian Islamic Architecture

Forms and Typologies, Sites and Monuments


The British scholar John Burton-Page contributed numerous formative articles on Indian Islamic architecture for the Encyclopaedia of Islam over a period of 25 years. Assembled here for the first time, these offer an insightful overview of the subject, ranging from the earliest mosques and tombs erected by the Delhi sultans in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, to the great monuments of the Mughal emperors dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. The articles cover the principal forms of Indian Islamic architecture -- mosques, tombs, minarets, forts, gateways and water structures -- as well as the most important sites and their monuments. Unsurpassed for their compression of information, these succinct articles serve as the best possible introduction to the subject, indispensible for both students and travellers. The articles are supplemented by a portfolio of photographs especially selected for the volume, as well as a glossary and up to date bibliography.
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John Burton-Page was lecturer in the Art and Archaeology of India at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He died in 2005. He contributed more than 120 articles on all aspects of Indo-Islamic culture to the Encyclopaedia of Islam.
George Michell, Ph.D. (1974) in Indian Archaeology, University of London, and a student of John Burton-Page, is an architectural historian specialising in India. For more than 20 years he has co-directed an international research team at Hampi-Vijayanagara in South India. Among his many publications are: The Hindu Temple: An Introduction to its Meaning and Forms (Chicago 1988), and Art and Architecture of Southern India: Vijayanagara and the Successor States (Cambridge 1995).
All scholars and students interested in Islamic architecture in general, and Indian Islamic history and culture in particular. The book should also prove useful to visitors to India.
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