Gardens in the Time of the Great Muslim Empires

Theory and Design


Interest in the Islamic garden has increased considerably in the past years, to such a point where a conference specifically on this subject was held at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1994.
This volume collects eight papers from the conference and two additional papers especially written for the book, to further and act as a basis for the attention given by scholars these days to Islamic landscape architecture.

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Attilio Petruccioli is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Dean of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Bari. From 1994 to 1998 he was the Aga Khan Professor of Design for Islamic Societies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests are the methodology of design (landscape and contextual design, typological research and the work of modern architects), traditional settlements and housing, Islamic architecture, town and territory and Mediterranean landscape architecture. He is author and editor of more than twenty books on the topics of architectural design and the history of Islamic architecture.
Mirka Beneš: The Social Significance of Transforming the Landscape at the Villa Borghese, 1606-30: Territory, Trees and Agriculture in the Design of the First Roman Baroque Park. Gülru Necipoğlu: The Suburban Landscape of Sixteenth-Century Istanbul as a Mirror of Classical Ottoman Garden Culture. Mahvash Alemi: The Royal Gardens of the Safavid Period: Types and Models. R.D. McChesney: Some Observations on "Garden" and Its Meanings in the Property Transactions of the Juybari Family in Bukhara, 1544-77. Maria Eva Subtelny: Agriculture and the Timurid Chahārbāgh: The Evidence from a Medieval Persian Agricultural Manual. *Gauvin Bailey: The Sweet-Smelling Notebook: An Unpublished Mughal Source on Garden Design. Ebba Koch: The Mughal Waterfront Garden. *Abdul Rehman: Garden Types in Mughal Lahore According to Early-Seventeenth-Century Written and Visual Sources. D. Fairchild Ruggles: Humayun's Tomb and Garden: Typologies and Visual Order. James L. Wescoat, Jr.: Mughal Gardens and Geographic Sciences, Then and Now. *additional paper, not part of conference
Those interested in the visual culture of the Islamic world. Studies and Sources on Islamic Art and Architecture: Supplements to Muqarnas contain textual primary sources for visual culture and scholarly historical examinations of topics and issues in Islamic art, architecture and culture.