Book Series Art History (Outside a Series)

The Religious Architecture of Islam

Volume I: Asia and Australia

Kathryn Moore, Hasan-Uddin Khan (eds)

  • Pages: 488 p.
  • Size:220 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:300 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58935-0
  • Hardback
  • Available


“Overall, the book makes a substantial contribution to the body of knowledge in the area. It is a really enlightening and interesting book to read.” (Abeer Allahham, in ARCHNET, 03, 2023, p. 417)


Hasan-Uddin Khan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University (RWU) has worked as an architect and critic around the globe. He was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Mimar: Architecture in Development and Academic Editor of International Journal of Islamic Architecture. He helped set up the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and coordinated His Highness the Aga Khan’s worldwide architectural activities between 1984 and 1994. He has been a faculty member at MIT, Berkeley, and RWU until 2020. He is the editor/author of ten books, including The Mosque (Thames & Hudson, 1994), The Contemporary Mosque (Rizzoli, 1997), International Style (Taschen, 1998), and The Architecture of Habib Fida Ali (Liberty Books, 2010), as well as over seventy articles.

Kathryn Blair Moore, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Connecticut, has a PhD in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Her research and publications have ranged from medieval Europe and the Middle East during the Crusades to the Italian Renaissance. Her book, The Architecture of the Christian Holy Land: Reception from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2017), received a PROSE Award for Art History & Criticism and the Medieval Institute’s Otto Gründler book prize. She has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and Harvard University’s Villa I Tatti.


The Religious Architecture of Islam is a wide-ranging multi-author study of the architectural traditions associated with the religion of Islam across the globe. A total of 59 essays by 48 authors are presented across two volumes, Volume 1: Asia and Australia and Volume 2: Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Essays address major themes across historical and contemporary periods of Islam and provide more focused studies of developments unique to specific regions and historical periods. The essays cover Islamic religious architecture broadly defined, including mosques, madrasas, saints' shrines, and funerary architecture. The Religious Architecture of Islam both provides an introduction to the history of Islamic architecture and reflects the most recent scholarship within the field.


Hasan-Uddin Khan and Kathryn Blair Moore — Introduction

Background Themes

Heba Mostafa —  Locating the Sacred in Early Islamic Architecture

Nezar AlSayyad and İpek Türeli — The Mosque in the Urban Context

D. Fairchild Ruggles — Gardens as Places of Piety and Faith

Imdat As — Complex Patterns and Three-Dimensional Geometry in Islamic Religious Architecture

Matthew Saba and Michael A. Toler — Archives and Archival Documents in the Study of Islamic Religious Architecture

West and Central Asia

Abeer Hussam Eddin Allahham — The Holy Mosque of Mecca

Akel Ismail Kahera — The Mosque of the Prophet at Medina

Kathryn Blair Moore — The Dome of the Rock through the Centuries

Mattia Guidetti — The Great Mosque of Damascus through the Medieval Period

Mattia Guidetti — Early Islam and Byzantine Churches

Melanie Michailidis — Early Mosques in Iran and Central Asia

Matthew Saba — Funerary Architecture in Iraq under the Abbasids and their Successors, 750–1250

Megan Boomer and Robert Ousterhout — Muslims, Byzantines, and Western Christians on the Haram al-Sharif

Stephennie Mulder — Mosques under the Ayyubids

Stephennie Mulder — Shrines in the Central Islamic Lands

Melanie Michailidis — Shrines and Mausolea in Iran and Central Asia

Sheila Blair — The Ilkhanids and their Successors

Bernard O’Kane — Religious Architecture of Central Asia under the Timurids and their Successors

Farshid Emami — Religious Architecture of Safavid Iran

Oya Pancaroğlu — Islamic Architecture in Medieval Anatolia, 1150–1450

Zeynep Yürekli — Three Sufi Shrines under the Ottomans

Ali Uzay Peker — Seljuk and Ottoman Mosques

Imdat As — Kocatepe: The Unbuilt State Mosque of Turkey

James Steele — Regionalist Expressions of the Mosque in the Arabian Peninsula and Middle East

South and East Asia

Alka Patel — The Sultanates in South Asia, 700–1690

Laura E. Parodi — Mughal Religious Architecture

Kamil Khan Mumtaz — Badshahi Masjid, Lahore

Kamil Khan Mumtaz — The Architecture of Sufi Shrines in Pakistan

Imran bin Tajudeen — Pre-Islamic and Vernacular Elements in the Southeast Asian Mosques of Nusantara

Nancy S. Steinhardt — The Mosque in China

Hasan-Uddin Khan — The Great Mosque of Xi’an (Qing Zhen Si)


Tammy Gaber — New Australian Mosques

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