A Social History of Indian Architecture by PramarA Social History of Indian Architecture by Pramar

A Social History of Indian Architecture


Hardcover | April 20, 2005

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This book, for the first time instead of looking at Indian architecture from the point of view of dynasties, periods or religions, examines the various functions of Indian architecture and traces the various developments in the field beginning with the Indus Valley Civilization under the headsof settlement patterns, houses, residences, palaces, funerary monuments, and religious structures. Within settlement patterns, the author looks at rural and urban patterns and the linkages between the two. He explains regional and period-specific phenomena, while also quoting from ancient accountsof towns. The residences he looks at vary from the typical urban and rural houses to the Muslim aristocratic residence as also the palace. Funerary monuments form another important part of the study, and this section also looks at the differing social attitudes to ancestors. The author also looks atthe religious structures like chaityas, monasteries, temples, mosques, and also the structural material u sed in an area or period. Based on extensive fieldwork, the author also documents family histories, lifestyles, usage of spaces to provide a comprehensive social history of Indian architecture.
Title:A Social History of Indian ArchitectureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 10.75 × 8.27 × 0.83 inPublished:April 20, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195670396

ISBN - 13:9780195670394

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Lifestyle and Material Conditions Affecting Architecture in General, Settlement Patterns: Rural Settlement Patterns in Gujarat The Bhil Village, The Koli Village, The Saurashtrian Settlement Pattern, The North Gujarat Rural Settlement Pattern, Urban Settlement Patterns in NorthGujaratThe Individual House, Residences and Palaces: The Urban House of North Gujarat, the Muslim Urban House, The Palace, Muslim Palaces, Rajput PalacesFunerary Monuments: The Buddhist Stupa, Rajput Ancestor Monument (Centotaphs), The Islamic MausoleumReligious Structures: Chaityas, Monasteries, Temples, Mosques: Chaityas, Viharas or Sangharamas, The Hindu Temple, The Haveli Temple, The Mosque and MinaretOn Structural Materials: Woodwork, Brickwork, Stonework, Structure in Islamic World, Some Conclusions, Glossary, Select Bibliography, Index