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Islamic Tombs in India

The Iconography and Genesis of Their Design by: Fredrick W. Bunce

The book studies the architecture and iconography of some 36 Islamic tombs belonging to the period ad 1230 to 1754. Abounding in line drawings, it makes examines the monuments’ size, plan and elevation, the techniques of their construction, masonry and artisanship, and the relevance of each monument in the overall scheme of Indo-Islamic architectural development.

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ISBN: 9788124602454
Year Of Publication: 2004
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxxi, 335
Bibliographic Details : 147 Plates; 215 Figures; Appendices; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 1400

Overview

The work by an Indological scholar who has studied different architectural traditions of the world covers the architecture and iconography of some 36 Islamic tombs in India spanning a period of over 500 years from c. ad 1230 to 1754. It begins with a brief historical background to the Islamic rule in northern India and a discussion on burial practices and tomb types of the time to further understanding of the underlying concept of construction and functions of the tombs. Abounding in numerous line drawings of plans and elevations, and figures, it examines the influence of different traditions — Buddhist and Hindu as well as other Asian and African and Mediterranean traditions — on evolution of the form of Islamic tombs. It makes a detailed examination of the Indo-Islamic tombs under consideration: their description, size, plan and elevation including the interior space and application of the mandala patterns over the tomb structures, the techniques of construction, masonry and artisanship employed in them. It explains the place and relevance of each monument in the overall scheme of Indo-Islamic architectural development and growth as well as the importance of each by itself. It delves into the religious, philosophical and mathematical bases of the architecture and its application to tomb-building. The research also involves a comparative study of Indo-Islamic tombs vis-a-vis other architectural marvels of the world — Islamic and non-Islamic. The book will be extremely relevant to scholars and students of Indian, particularly Indo-Islamic, iconography and those interested in Indo-Islamic cultural traditions in general.

Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction
Tombs
The Genesis of form
Tomb No. 36, Delhi
Tomb of Sultan Ghari
Tomb of Sultan Iltutmish38
Tomb of Sheikh Rukn-i ‘Alam
Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughluq I
Tomb of Khan-i Jihan Tilangani
Tomb of Firuz Shah Tughluq
Tomb of Jalau-ud-din Mohammad Shah (Eklakhi)
Tomb of Mubarak Shah Sayyid
Tomb of Rani Rupmati
Tomb of Hushang Shah
Sayyid Usman Rauza
Tomb of Chotte Khan Ka Gunbad
Tomb of Mubarik Sayyid
Tomb of Sikandar Lodi
Tomb of Hasan Khan Sur
Tomb of Sher Shah
Tomb of Isa Khan Niyaz
Tomb of Adham Khan
Tomb of Humayun
Tomb of Muhammad Ghaus
Tomb of Akbar
Tomb of Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah
Ibrahim Rauza
Tomb of Iftikhar Khan
Tomb of Shah Daulat
Tomb of Khan Khanan
Tomb of Jahangir
Gol Gumbaz
Tomb of Jahan Begum
Tomb of I’timad-ud-daula
Taj Mahal
Afzal Khan Rauza
Shah Navaz Khan Rauza
Tomb of Ali ‘Adil Shah II
Tomb of Safdar Jang
Conclusions
Bibliography
Appendix A, Glossary
Appendix B, Ensembles and Chahar-Bagh
Appendix C, Proportional Comparisons & Miscellaneous Pans
Appendix D, Major Muslim Rulers of India
Appendix E, Chronology of Muslim Monuments in India
Notes
Index
Acknowledgements

Meet the Author
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Fredrick W. Bunce, a PhD and a cultural historian of international eminence, is an authority on ancient iconography and Buddhist arts. He has been honoured with prestigious awards/commendations and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and the International Biographical Dictionary, 1980. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Art, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. He has authored the following books all published by D.K. Printworld: Buddhist Textile of Laos, Lan Na and the Isan - The Iconography of Design Elements. A Dictionary of Buddhist and Hindu Iconography. An Encyclopaedia of Buddhist Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Saints and Demons (2 vols.). An Encyclopaedia of Hindu Deities, Demigods, Godlings, Demons and Heroes (3 vols.). The Iconography of Architectural Plans - A Study of the Influence of Buddhism and Hinduism on Plans of South and South-east Asia. Islamic Tombs in India - The Iconographical and Genesis of their Design. Monuments of India and the Indianized States. The Mosques of the Indian Subcontinent - Their Development and Iconography. Mudras in Buddhist and Hindu Practices - An Iconographic Consideration. Numbers - Their Iconographic Consideration in Buddhist and Hindu Practices. Royal Palaces, Residences and Pavilions of India - An Iconographic Consideration. The Sacred Dichotomy: Thoughts and Comments on The Duality of Female and Male Iconography in South Asia and the Mediterranean. The Tibetan Iconography of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other Deities - A Unique Pantheon. The Yantra of Deities and their Numerological Foundations - An Iconographic Consideration.
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