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Stealing from the Saracens

Stealing from the Saracens

How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe

by Diana Darke
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/11/2020
  $57.90
Against a backdrop of Islamophobia, Europeans are increasingly airbrushing from history their cultural debt to the Muslim world. But this legacy lives on in some of Europe's most recognizable buildings, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament.
This beautifully illustrated book reveals the Arab and Islamic roots of Europe's architectural heritage. Diana Darke traces ideas and styles from vibrant Middle Eastern centers like Damascus, Baghdad and Cairo, via Muslim Spain, Venice and Sicily into Europe. She describes how medieval crusaders, pilgrims and merchants encountered Arab Muslim culture on their way to the Holy Land; and explores more recent artistic interaction between Ottoman and Western cultures, including Sir Christopher Wren's inspirations in the "Saracen" style of Gothic architecture.


Recovering this long yet overlooked history of architectural "borrowing," Stealing from the Saracens is a rich tale of cultural exchange, shedding new light on Europe's greatest landmarks.
ISBN:
9781787383050
9781787383050
Category:
History of architecture
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-11-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
C. Hurst and Company (Publishers) Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
162.56x236.22x33.02mm
Weight:
0.9kg
Diana Darke

Diana Darke is a journalist, travel writer, and expert on the Middle East, and author of My House in Damascus and The Merchant of Syria. After studying Arabic at Oxford University, Diana Darke worked for the British government and GCHQ, and lived in Syria, Egypt and with a Bedouin tribe. She is married with two children, both born in Cairo.

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