Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe

Stealing from the Saracens: How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe by Diana Darke 1787383059 9781787383050
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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 Europes most recognizable buildings, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament.
This beautifully illustrated book reveals the Arab and Islamic roots of Europes 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 Wrens 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 Europes greatest landmarks.

Author: Diana Darke

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 328

Publisher: Hurst

Publication Date: 2020-11-01


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