Islamic palace architecture in the Western Mediterranean : a by Felix Arnold

By Felix Arnold

This publication bargains a complete and up to date evaluate of Islamic palace structure in Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and southern Italy, offering all recognized palace constructions in floor plans, sections and person descriptions. the writer lines their evolution from the eighth to the nineteenth century and locations them in the context of the historical past of Islamic culture.

summary: This booklet deals a entire and up to date evaluate of Islamic palace structure in Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and southern Italy, proposing all identified palace structures in floor plans, sections and person descriptions. the writer strains their evolution from the eighth to the nineteenth century and areas them in the context of the background of Islamic tradition

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The most significant change regards the shape of the main living rooms. These were now built as so-​called broad halls—​rectangular rooms that face the courtyard with their longer, broad 74 Smith 1997, 117–​143.  1–​2. 75 Teichner 2008, 487–​493. Ward-​Perkins 2005 and Heather 2006 have recently highlighted the decline of civilization in this period. 76 The number of studies on this subject have multiplied in the last decade. Cf. Garai-​Olaun and Quirós Castillo 2001; Arnold 2008a, 95–​109; Gutiérrez Lloret 2000; Gutiérrez Lloret and Cañavate Castejón 2010.

48 c Abd ar-​R aḥmān I introduced a new term to denote his suburban villas: munya. 49 Probably it derives from Greek monḗ, “lingering,” highlighting the temporary nature of the stays at these estates. Little is known about the palaces built by cAbd ar-​R aḥmān I at Córdoba. Excavations in the area of the Alcázar have not brought forth any remains datable to his reign. 50 Textual sources provide more extensive information, although it is unclear whether they describe a factual reality or merely the intentions cAbd ar-​R aḥmān I had for what he wished to create.

50 Textual sources provide more extensive information, although it is unclear whether they describe a factual reality or merely the intentions cAbd ar-​R aḥmān I had for what he wished to create. 51 To support the claim that the palace was built according to Syrian prototypes, the preserved text highlights three aspects in particular. Lassner 1970, 149–​154.  89–​90. 46 Cf. Casal García, Castro del Río, and Murillo Redondo 2004; Murillo Redondo 2009. The most recent excavations remain unpublished.

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