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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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The Ottomans and the Safavids

The Ottomans and the Safavids

(p.92) 7 The Ottomans and the Safavids
Architecture since 1400

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the architecture of the Ottomans and the Safavids from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. The Ottomans, who controlled eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, and the Safavids, who were based in what is now Iran, constructed magnificent architectures that did more than just display the wealth and power of these great empires. The highly structured articulation of architectural and at times urban space established an image of unity within these ethnically and religiously diverse empires, while at the same time drawing strength from the various indigenous traditions it assimilated. The rulers of both dynasties also erected monumental mosques that referred respectfully to local architectural traditions at the same time that they inhabited modern palaces consisting in part of pavilions set within courtyards and gardens.

Keywords:   Ottoman architecture, Safavid architecture, indigenous traditions, modern palaces, monumental mosques, pavillions

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