Foreword by Prince Amyn Aga Khan – New Book – Mosques: Splendors of Islam

Foreword by Prince Amyn Aga Khan - New Book - Mosques: Splendors of IslamMosques: Splendors of Islam
Written by Leyla Uluhanli, Foreword by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Introduction by Renata Holod

Pub Date: October 31, 2017
Category: Architecture – Buildings – Religious
Publisher: Rizzoli
About This Book

One of the most important and authoritative books to celebrate mosque architecture and Islamic design, featuring many exquisite newly commissioned photographs.

This visually striking volume illustrates over sixty of the most venerated mosques from historic monuments such as the Great Mosque of Córdoba and Istanbul’s Süleymaniye Mosque to today’s most dynamic new designs exemplified by the Sancaklar Mosque. Essays by prominent architecture and design authorities include Professor Sussan Babaie, Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; Distinguished Professor Walter B. Denny, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Heather Ecker, Visiting Professor, Art and Archaeology, Columbia University; Professor Mohammed Hamdouni Alami, Archaeological Research Facility at University of California, Berkeley; Professor Renata Holod, Professor of Islamic Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Curator in the Near East Section, Penn Museum; Philip Jodidio, author and independent scholar in art and architecture, Geneva; George Michell, author and independent architectural historian, London; Fatima Quraishi, PhD candidate, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Matthew Saba, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture, Aga Khan Documentation Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries; and Angela Wheeler, PhD student in Architectural History, Harvard University.

Mosques from Europe, the Indian subcontinent, North America, North Africa and the sub-Sahara, the Middle East, and Russia and the Caucasus are showcased. This book covers their earliest origins in Mecca and Medina to contemporary masterpieces, illuminating their stylistic transformations and providing examples from Islam’s great dynasties—the Umayyads, the Abbasids, the Mamluks, the Ottomans, the Safavids, and the Mughals.

Original and archival photographs offer exterior and interior views along with images of adjacent gardens and fountains that grace these sanctuaries. Stunning mosque calligraphy and tilework, as well as furnishings and illumination, enhance this volume.

About the Author

Author Leyla Uluhanli is a prominent interior designer based in Moscow. She was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, and mosque architecture has played a definitive role in her approach to design. Since 2005, her company Leyla Uluhanli Interiors has worked on numerous projects in Russia and abroad. In 2015, she launched the Leyla Uluhanli Collection of Home Furnishings.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan is a member of the board of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is active in architectural conservation.

Source: Mosques Written by Leyla Uluhanli, Foreword by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Introduction by Renata Holod – Rizzoli New York – Rizzoli New York


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