Title

The origin and evolution of the Islamic minar in Syria, Iraq and Egypt

Publication Date

1970

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Shahzaman, M.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Art

LCSH

Architecture--Middle East||Islamic architecture

Abstract

This study of minar architecture deals specifically with the origin and evolution of the Islamic tower in Syria, Iraq and Egypt. As an inquiry into the origin of the minar, an attempt has been made to document the earliest examples of minar architecture and to indicate the relationship between pre-Islamic towers and the minar. The origin of the minar as evidenced from this research has been shown to be Syrian. Through a survey of several regional prototypes as well as a stylistic analysis and comparison, the influence of Syrian Graeco-Roman and Christian towers on the early development of the square style Syrian minar has been suggested. As a stylistic analysis of minar architecture, an attempt has been made to discuss the evolution and continuity of the various basic styles of minar within these regions. The minars of each region are discussed independently in chronological order so as to illustrate and trace the full development of each style. Detailed attention has also been given to the evolution of local variations in style. The exchange of ideas and the interrelationship of the evolution of the underlying basic minar styles within Syria, Iraq and Egypt is also considered within this study.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [88]-90)

Extent

103 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type

Text

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