This richly illustrated History of Islamic Architecture is a survey which brings together the poetry of the Alhambra in Spain, Sinan's mosques in Ottoman Istanbul, the monumental architecture of Timurid Samarkand, Safavid Isfahan, and innumerable buildings in between. The emphasis is on the architecture of these buildings - mosques, medresas, mausolea - and not necessarily on their importance to Moslems. Because of the magnitude of this project the choice of the selection is my own.
The essay was originally written for Google Earth which locates all places on a high resolution global map.
This version can be downloaded at:
Google-Earth History of Islamic Achitecture
Maps can be found in my Google-Earth Atlas of Eurasian History
The use of both programs requires a fast internet connection and the Google-Earth Program (free)
The following is a sample "snapshot" of the GE map
Spread of Islam"
My primary sources are
Alfred Renz, Geschichte und Stätten des Islam von Spanien bis Indien, Prestel Verlag, Munich, 1977 (in German)
For images, plans, and some text I used, besides my own photos and material, the archives of the
Digital Library of Archnet.org
Additional references are given in the text.