The Islamic cities in Libya : planning and architecture / Abdalla Ahmed Abdalla Elmahmudi.

Elmahmudi, Abdalla Ahmed Abdalla, 1950- [Browse]
Frankfurt am Main ; New York : P. Lang, ©1997.
195 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.


Getty AAT genre
  • Europäische Hochschulschriften. Reihe XXXVIII, Archäologie ; Bd. 66. [More in this series]
  • European university studies. Series XXXVIII, Archaeology ; vol. 66 = Europäische Hochschulschriften. Reihe XXXVIII, Archäologie ; Bd. 66
Summary note
  • After explaining the historical background the book focuses on pre-Islamic cities from Phoenician, Greek to Roman times. A general view on early Islamic cities in North Africa and the Near East introduces into the specific problems of early Islamic cities in Libya according to sources from written documents and archaeological evidences, and preserved architectural buildings in the modern towns. Special investigation concentrates on regional cities as the Old City of Tripoli, Ajdabiya, Sultan and Zuila. The general analysis presents new information on the site and idea of planning, the architectural features, the decoration, material and techniques, and on the special problem of orientation of the mosques.
  • Thus the book aims to fill a gap between Maghreb and the Near East.
Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Universität Hamburg, 1966.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-195).
Language note
Summary in German.
  • Historical Background. A. Historical Background. B. Urban History in Libya through the Ages. C. Geographical Location of Historical Cities
  • The Pre-Islamic Cities in Libya. A. Phoenician Cities. B. The Greek Cities. C. The Roman Cities
  • The Early Islamic Cities
  • The Early Islamic Cities in Libya. A. The Literary Sources and Archaeological Evidence. B. The Architectural Buildings in the City
  • Specific Examples Representing Regional Cities. 1. The Old City of Tripoli. 2. Ajdabiya City. 3. Sultan City. 4. Zuila City
  • General Notes. A. The Site and Idea of Planning. B. The Architectural Features. 1. Colums, Capitals and Arches. 2. The Mosque Types. 3. The Minarets. 4. The Mihrab and the Minbar. C. The Decoration.
  • 0820432903
  • 9780820432908
  • 3631319088
  • 9783631319086
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