Of Brick and Myth: The Genesis of Islamic Architecture in the Indus Valley by Holly EdwardsOf Brick and Myth: The Genesis of Islamic Architecture in the Indus Valley by Holly Edwards

Of Brick and Myth: The Genesis of Islamic Architecture in the Indus Valley

byHolly Edwards

Hardcover | April 27, 2015

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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. Whatdistinguishes 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 frameworkformulated here is incisive yet flexible, intended to accommodate and advance the study of sites that still await discovery or sustained scholarly attention.
Holly Edwards, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Art Department at Williams College where she teaches and writes about a wide range of subjects including Islamic art and architecture, American Orientalism, photography, and contemporary painting.
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Title:Of Brick and Myth: The Genesis of Islamic Architecture in the Indus ValleyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 8.27 × 11.02 × 0.03 inPublished:April 27, 2015Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195978986

ISBN - 13:9780195978988

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. People and Places2. Multan, Mansura, and the Rise of Lahore3. Islamizationa in the Indus Valley4. Spectrum Piety and Commemorative Architecture5. The Ghurid Interlude6. The Ribat of Ali bin Karmakh or the Tomb of Khalid bin Walid7. In the Ghurid Wake8. The Necropolis of Lal Mahra SharifConclusionCatalogue of MonumentsIndex