9-25-09 Lecture Notes

9-25-09 Lecture Notes - fixating on things that are...

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9-25-09 lecture notes --Abbas establishes the capital at Isfahan, pursues a pattern similar to Ottoman sultans, decorating the city with grand mosques, -Mosque needs an open space for people to assemble, a source of water nearby (to perform abolutions (clean self), needs minaret to tell people to come, needs a marker to point people towards Mecca, a raised platform for the leader of the community to give an interpretation of texts -grandiosity of mosques have been established at Isfahan -Taj Mahal, built by shah jahal in seventeenth century, architecual entity, sublime design, has a very Persian style, creating visions of paradise on Earth, the design has a geometric component to it, architects are trying to create interplay between simple and pure geometric shapes -reading of safavid dynasty, western viewers grappling with the differences,
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