This book provides a history of Islamic architecture from the 7th century through the 17th century, in the Middle East, Africa, Spain, and India, including photographs and plans of the most significant and well known mosques, palaces, madrases, and other Islamic buildings in the world. The History of World Architecture is one of Electa's most popular architecture series, with each book in the series providing a comprehensive overview of its subject by a world-renowned expert in the field, accompanied by 200-300 black-and-white photographs, plans, and drawings and 24 colour plates. First published in the 1970s and 1980s, the Italian editions of these books remain standard reference works in architecture history and continue to sell well due to the authority of their authors, their judicious combination of text and illustrations, and careful use of accurate yet accessible terms. The English editions, after being out of print for several years, are now available again exclusively through Phaidon. The books are ideal for college-level students of architecture history, and for anyone who seeks one basic and inexpensive introduction to the subjects. Interest in and fascination with the I
John D. Hoag is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author of Western Islamic Architecture (George Braziller, 1963).