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Stealing from the Saracens

How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe

Stealing from the Saracens

How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe

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Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787383050
Number of Pages: 474
Published: 20/08/2020
Width: 13.8 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
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 Europe's most recognisable buildings, from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament. This beautifully illustrated book reveals the Arab and Islamic roots of Europe's architectural heritage. Diana Darke traces ideas and styles from vibrant Middle Eastern centres 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 Wren's 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 Europe's greatest landmarks. A New Statesman Book of the Year 2020, chosen by William Dalrymple. A BBC History Magazine Best Book of 2020.

Diana Darke

Diana Darke is an Arabist and cultural expert who has lived and worked in the Middle East for over thirty years. She is the author of 'The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival' and 'My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis.' She tweets as @dianadarke.

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