MOSQUES: SPLENDORS OF ISLAM
Written by Leyla Uluhanli, Introduction by Renata Holod, Foreword by Prince Amyn Aga Khan Rizzoli
This is not a book that one reads – it’s one that readers will inhabit. Its pages transcend the realms of architecture, photography, history and religion, allowing it to become its own mode of sacred space.
This authoritative source on Islamic architecture and design celebrates mosques both ancient and contemporary, with exploratory essays by experts from esteemed global institutions. The volume’s two sections offer a rich, elaborate history of the mosque, as well as form and ornament in Islamic design. What follows is a visual and intellectual history of mosques throughout the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and the sub-Sahara, the Indian subcontinent, North America, and Russia and the Caucasus.
Visually stunning, its original and archival photographs take readers inside and outside of these spaces, and reveal calligraphy and tilework, as well as furnishings and illumination. Highlights include the Great Mosque of Córdoba, Istanbul’s Süleymaniye Mosque and new designs, as exemplified by the Sancaklar Mosque.
This is a book for designers, travellers and anyone on a spiritual journey, and author Leyla Uluhanli captures its spirit most profoundly: “Their skilful integration of ornament, calligraphy and unique architectural forms – the mihrab, the dome and the minaret – is extraordinary. Today, their creations serve as important models for a new generation of inspired sanctuaries.”