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    Islam and the West: the early use of the pointed arch revisited

    Draper, Peter (2005) Islam and the West: the early use of the pointed arch revisited. Architectural History 48 , pp. 1-20. ISSN 0066-622X.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: As this is a valedictory rather than an inaugural lecture, it seemed legitimate to be a little self-indulgent in the choice of theme. Every medievalist at some time or other has to take an interest in the role of the pointed arch in the transformation of medieval architecture from Romanesque to Gothic and in the ways that the pointed arch form was subsequently manipulated through the later Middle Ages. It is only a short step, but one that has been taken less often than you might expect, to pursue that interest back into the early use of the pointed arch in Islamic architecture: to ask how it came to replace the semicircular arch of classical architecture and why it was used.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 14:05
    Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 14:05
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23534

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