An edited collection of primary sources with commentary; it includes selections from the Quran, geographical descriptions, al-Maqqari on Madinat al-Zahra, al-Maqrizi’s description of Cairo, Ibn Khaldun on patronage and urbanism, treatises on calligraphy and painting, Firuz Shah Tughluq’s account of architectural patronage, the Irshad Zira'a on gardens, imperial memoirs, foreign travel accounts, and documentary genres such as wafiyyas, hisba manuals, and the Geniza archive.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages196
ISBN (Print)1405154012, 9781405154024, 1405154020, 9781405154017
StatePublished - 2011


  • Islam
  • Islamic art
  • Islamic architecture


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