By (author) Gerard Degeorge
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Damascus by Gerard Degeorge
Book DescriptionWith over 300 original photographs, as well as charts, architectural plans, and reproductions of engravings and ancient watercolors, Damascus provides a rich and thorough introduction to the architectural and archeological history of one of the world's great cities. Weaving together aspects of history, sociology, religion, and law, Degeorge presents a unique perspective on the sights and monuments, allowing the reader a global view and a tangible sense of the successive civilizations in order to understand their mysteries. In the introduction, the natural history and geography of the region are explored - elements crucial for a deeper understanding of Damascus' place on the world map and its situation on the major commercial routes. Relations with the West (the Greek and Roman Empires, the Crusades, and French Imperialism) are broadly addressed, both in the acts and deeds of the people, as well as the perspective of western travelers, businessmen, and political figures. Degeorge also includes the impressions and observations of nearby residents of the Mahgreb, Syria, and other members of the Orient, departing from the uniquely ethnocentric point of view that often dominates studies of the region.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9782080304568
(310mm x 240mm x 36mm)
Publisher: Editions Flammarion
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: France
Books By Author Gerard Degeorge
Glory of the Sultans, Hardback (October 2009)
Presents some of India's most dazzling architecture. This book provides the panorama of this astonishing ensemble, explaining the key monuments of each period and region, which are accompanied by photographs of the monuments and architectural details. It offers a comprehensive history of Muslim architecture on the Indian subcontinent.
Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Hardback (September 2003)View all books by Gerard Degeorge
This lavish presentation of the artistic and architectural heritage of three great Central Asian cities will appeal to armchair travellers, historians, artists, and anyone ready to be dazzled. The book was originally published in 2001 by Editions Flammarion in both English and French editions; Rizzo
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Author Biography - Gerard Degeorge
Gerard Degeorge is an historian and specialist in the study of Syria and of the Arab world in general. An experienced photographer of the Islamic world, and a civil engineer and architect, he teaches at the Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-la-Seine. The author has published several scholarly works including Omament and Decoration in Islamic Architecture (Thames & Hudson, 2000), The Art of the Islamic Tile (Flammarion, 2002), and Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva (Flammarion, 2003).
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