Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo
ISBN10: 0271015624 ISBN13: 9780271015620 Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr Published: Jul 1 1997 Pages: 208 Weight: 3.25lbs. Height: 11.50" Width: 9.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
A specialist in medieval Islamic architecture and institutions explains how the Ayyubid dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries brought unprecedented architectural development to the most important city in medieval Syria. He describes how they modernized the city rather than build a new one as most ascendent dynasties did, and argues that the intense palatial and religious activity was intended to create a royal image of the Ayyubid state while fostering links between it and urban population. Well illustrated in black and white. The quotations are in both Arabic and English. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.