Studying Islamic Architecture: Challenges and Perspectives

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The article “Studying Islamic Architecture: Challenges and Perspectives” deals with a basic question that ‘why is western architecture always given more importance in practical and theory as compare d to that of Islamic architecture’? The article very well talks about the issue of western architecture being more important than the Islamic architecture. The article talks about both the pros and cons of the argument discussed above. The article also analyses why the two that is western architecture and Islamic architecture respectively differ. Both the architectures are very different from each other, they vary in various aspects. The research done in Islamic architecture focuses essentially on the medieval times. The Islamic architecture has very sheer masterpieces in their culture, but those masterpieces are never given the importance they deserve just for the fact they belong to the ‘non-western architecture’. But if the same monuments such as the Great mosque of Damascus, Qairawan and Isfahan would have been built in Western countries like Europe for example, then they would have been really popular, well maintained and a focus for many scholars. I completely agree with the author on the extrinsic and intrinsic features discussed. The first and the most important extrinsic feature according to me is that the libraries and other references sources are very limited to the west. They don’t get to know what they because of the limitation on the sources available. There are very few universities who are willing to invest in research practices and scholarship programs and to top it all the libraries in Islamic countries cannot afford the books available in west. Secondly, the Islamic architecture was seriously just been studies for a little more than hundred years as there was a massive change in scholarship that was available on most aspects of western architecture, it was basically in the 17th and 18th century that relevant texts and...
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