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A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture by K.A.C. Creswell - Pelican, 1958


Title: A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture
Author: K.A.C. Creswell
Publisher: Penguin/Pelican Books
Publication Date: 1958
Format: Softcover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear, tanned pages.

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Reader's note

This wonderful 1958 Pelican paperback is A Short Account of Early Muslim Architecture by K.A.C. Creswell! This book explains how Muslim architecture was born, as well as describing the cultural influences which helped to mould it and which were responsible for its early duality. As the seat of the Umayyad dynasty was in Syria, Umayyad architecture was dominated by the Hellenistic traditions of the Christian architecture of the country before the Arab conquest. But when the Umayyad dynasty fell and the seat of the Khalifate was transferred to Baghdad the effect was similar to the effect of the transfer of the capital of the Roman empire from Rome to Constantinople; everything became more eastern, i.e. Persian, and the influence of the Hellenistic art of Syria weakened.