Reframing the Alhambra : Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial, Hardback Book

Reframing the Alhambra : Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial Hardback

Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art series


An interdisciplinary study of one of the most important monuments in Islamic artThe Nasrid builders of the Alhambra the best-preserved medieval Muslim palatial city were so exacting that some of their work could not be fully explained until the invention of fractal geometry.

Their design principles have been obscured, however, by the loss of all archival material.

This book resolves that impasse by investigating the neglected, interdisciplinary contexts of medieval poetics and optics and through comparative study of Islamic court ceremonials.

This reframing enables the reconstruction of the underlying, integrated aesthetic, focusing on the harmonious interrelationship between diverse artistic media architecture, poetry and textiles in the experience of the beholder, resulting in a new understanding of the Alhambra.Key FeaturesIllustrated in colour throughoutTakes an inter-medial approach integrating the study of poetic inscriptions, textiles and court ceremonial into the discussion of architectureInter-disciplinary, combining art history, optics and literary studiesCase studies explore specific, relatively neglected spaces within the AlhambraInformed by both medieval and contemporary theoryConsiders the most recent technical analyses to distinguish clearly original elements


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 344 pages, 5 B/W illustrations 94 colour illustrations 16 B/W line art
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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  • Category: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400
  • ISBN: 9781474416504



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