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Shadow Carpets

Stephen Kite

Stephen Kite is Professor of Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, UK. His previous publications include Building Ruskin’s Italy: Watching Architecture (2012), Adrian Stokes: An Architectonic Eye (2009), and An Architecture of Invitation: Colin St John Wilson (2005, co-authored with Sarah Menin). He is an Editor of the journal Architectural Research Quarterly. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shadow-Makers : A Cultural History of Shadows in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...Tanizaki’s statement from In Praise of Shadows (see Chapter 2) as to how ‘in making for ourselves a place to live, we first spread a parasol to throw a shadow on the earth’ applies forcefully to the stark desert lands of the Middle East...

Iran (Safavid and Zand Dynasties), 1501–1794

Hamed Khosravi

Hamed Khosravi is an architect, writer and educator who has taught and researched at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, and at Delft Technical University, The Netherlands. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The Safavid dynasty ruled Iran from 1501 until 1722, settling their capital initially in Tabriz in the northwest, but when that came under attack from Ottoman forces, they moved it to Qazvin, under Shah Tahmasb I. Then Shah ʿAbbas relocated...

Iran and Central Asia, 1256–1507

Sheila Blair

Sheila Blair shares the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College, Massachusetts, and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA, with Jonathan M. Bloom. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...In the early thirteenth century Mongols under Genghis Khan invaded Central Asia, brutally taking such cities as Samarkand, Bukhara and Urgench. After Genghis’s death in 1227, it was not till the mid-century when a new Great Khan, in China...

The Middle East since 1914

Talinn Grigor

Talinn Grigor is Professor of Art History at the Art and Art History Department, University of California, Davis, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...Western colonialism and oil were the two major forces on the Middle East – or, more accurately, Egypt and West Asia. Socio-economic revolutions from Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were widely felt, including...