Of brick and myth : the genesis of Islamic architecture in the Indus valley / Holly Edwards.
- Karachi : Oxford University Press, 2015. , ©2015
332 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans ; 29 cm
- Islamic architecture -- Pakistan -- History.
Tombs -- Pakistan -- History.
Islamic architecture -- Indus River Valley -- History.
Tombs -- Indus River Valley -- History.
Asia -- Indus River Valley.
- On the basis of extensive fieldwork, Edwards provides detailed descriptions of individual structures tracking brickworking styles and other significant craft practices. The catalogue of monuments is contextualized with a brief historical narrative and art historical commentary. What distinguishes this study is its tight focus on material evidence and local ethos presented against the grain of previous scholarship. Thus, whereas traditional analysis explains Pakistanas tiled and turreted tombs from the top down, citing dynastic patronage and stylistic influences from elsewhere, this book argues from the ground up emphasizing politically atomized environments, vernacular building methods, pertinent oral traditions, and indigenous modes of spirituality. By this means, the unique character of this architectural tradition is underscored. Moreover, the conceptual framework formulated here is incisive yet flexible, intended to accommodate and advance the study of sites that still await discovery or sustained scholarly attention.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
- Alumni and Friends Memorial Book Fund.
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