Studies in Persian Architecture

Bernard O'Kane

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Curates a selection of key articles by Bernard O’Kane that combine analyses of Persian monuments with overviews of the central elements of Iranian architecture
  • Studies monuments and architecture from the Greater Persian world, from the borders of Iraq to those of China
  • Situates the monuments within their social and political contexts
  • Includes important buildings from previously under-studied periods
  • Includes over 300 photographs, many published in colour for the first time

This lavishly illustrated volume – with many images previously unpublished in colour – collects 25 articles by Bernard O’Kane on a wide variety of topics pertaining to Persian architecture in its widest sense. His analyses range from historiography and tilework to the development of the domes of Iranian mosques. He covers the buildings of the major medieval dynasties – the Seljuqs, Ilkhanids and Timurids – as well as the formerly neglected monuments of the Chaghatai, Muzaffarid, Kartid and Jalayirid dynasties and Uzbek monuments in Afghanistan.

  1. ‘Architecture in the Interregnum: The Mozaffarid, Jalayerid and Kartid Contributions’, in Iran after the Mongols, ed. Sussan Babaie (London, Bloomsbury, 2019), 211–23.
  2. ‘From Atelier Floor to Monument Wall: How Were Tiles Placed Correctly?’, in Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World, ed., Robert Ousterhout, Dorian Borbonus and Elisha Dumser (March 2016), 1–25
  3. ‘Arthur Upham Pope and the Study of Persian Islamic Architecture’, in Author Upham Pope and a New Survey of Persian Art, ed. Yuka Kadoi (Brill, Leiden and New York, 2016), 110–24.
  4. review of Kishvar Rizvi, The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: Architecture, Religion and Power in Early Modern Iran (London, 2011), for Journal of Islamic Studies 24 (2013), 371–6.
  5. ‘The Development of Iranian Cuerda Seca Tiles and the Transfer of Tilework Technology’, in And Diverse Are Their Hues, ed. Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom (Yale, 2011), 174–203.
  6. ‘Chaghatai Architecture and the Tomb of Tughluq Temür at Almaliq’, in Studies in Honour of J. Michael Rogers, ed. Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Muqarnas 21 (2004), 277–87.
  7. ‘The Timurid Bazar and the Origin of the Domed Tīm’, in Historians in Cairo: Essays in Honor of George Scanlon, ed. Jill Edwards (Cairo, 2002), 17–28.
  8. review of Raya Shani, A Monumental Manifestation of the Shī‘ite Faith in Late Twelfth-Century Iran: The Case of the Gunbad-i ‘Alawiyān, Hamadān (Oxford, 1996), for Der Islam 78 (2001), 193–7.
  9. ‘The Uzbek Architecture of Afghanistan’, Cahiers d’Asie Centrale 8 (2000), 122–60.
  10. ‘The Gunbad-i Jabaliyya and the Development of the Domed Octagon in Iran’, Arabic and Islamic Studies in Honour of Marsden Jones, ed. Bernard O’Kane et al. (Cairo, 1998), 1–12
  11. ‘Iran and Central Asia’, in The Mosque, ed. M. Frishman and H. Khan (London, 1994), 118–39.
  12. ‘The Minaret of Vabkent’, in The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia, ed. R. Hillenbrand (Costa Mesa, 1994), 46–54.
  13. Čahārṭāq, Islamic period’, Encyclopaedia Iranica IV/6, 639–42.
  14. ‘Domes’, Encyclopaedia Iranica VII/5, 479–85.
  15. ‘From Tents to Pavilions: Royal Mobility and Persian Palace Design’, Proceedings of the Symposium on Pre-Modern Islamic Palaces, Ars Orientalis 23 (1993), 245–64.
  16. ‘Poetry, Geometry and the Arabesque: Notes on Timurid Aesthetics’, Annales Islamologiques 26 (1992), 63–78.
  17. ‘Naṭanz and Turbat-i Jām: New Light on Fourteenth Century Iranian Stucco’, Studia Iranica 21 (1992), 85–92.
  18. ‘The Tiled Minbars of Iran’, Annales Islamologiques 22 (1986), 133–153.
  19. ‘The Tomb of Muḥammad Ġāzī at Fūšanǧ’, Annales Islamologiques 21 (1985), 113–128.
  20. ‘Salǧūk Minarets: Some New Data’, Annales Islamologiques 20 (1984), 61–84.
  21. ‘Timurid Stucco Decoration’, Annales Islamologiques 20 (1984), 85–101.
  22. ‘The Friday Mosques of Asnak and Sarāvar’, Archaeologische Mitteilungen aus Iran N.F. 12 (1979) (published 1980), 341–51.
  23. ‘Tāybād, Turbat-i Jām and Timurid Vaulting’, Iran 17 (1979), 87–104.
  24. ‘The Imāmzāda Ḥusain Riżā at Varāmīn’, Iran 16 (1978), 175–7.
  25. ‘The Madrasa al-Ghiyāsiyya at Khargird’, Iran 14 (1976), 79–92.
  26. ‘Taj al-Din ‘Alishah: The Reconstruction of his Mosque Complex at Tabriz’, in The Making of Islamic Art, ed. Robert Hillenbrand (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2021), 207–25.
Bernard O’Kane is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Timurid Architecture in Khurasan (1987), Studies in Persian Art and Architecture (1996) and Early Persian Painting (2003); and the editor of Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo (2006).

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