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Monuments of Central Asia: A Guide to the Archaeology, Art and Architecture of Turkestanby Edgar Knobloch
Synopses & Reviews
In this comprehensive account of the culture and history of Central Asia, Edgar Knobloch describes the main centers of the age-old civilization. Throughout the book he spices the text with quotations from the works of contemporary travelers, while providing an experts commentary on the archaeological, architectural, and decorative features of the sites he describes. His original photographs are supplemented by numerous line drawings, plans of the main cities, and sketches of principal monuments and their ornamental features.
Book News Annotation:
Trained in Middle Eastern history in Prague, Knobloch first visited central Asia in 1959 to research and photograph archaeological sites and architectural monuments. Now that the region is open to tourism, he offers visitors a guide to the history and features of monumental structures. He includes many color photographs. Distributed by Palgrave.
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About the Author
Edgar Knobloch has traveled extensively in the Islamic world, researching and photographing archaeological sites and architectural monuments.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Countries * Land and People * Outline of History * Civilization * Architecture * Sources * Part II: Central Asia * Khorezm * The Zarafshan Valley * Turkmenistan * The Amu Darya Valley and Southern Tajikistan * The Syr Darya and Ferghana Valleys * Kazakhstan and Kirghizstan * Part III: Xinjiang or Eastern Turkestan * History * Urumchi, Turfan and Kucha * Tun-huang to Kashgar * Part IV: Afghanistan * History * The Center and the East * The West * The North * The South
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