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Early Islamic

architecture in delhi

History of Architecture
2nd Semester, 2016
Prepared by:
Suruchi Shah
Assistant Professor, SSAA

Note:
The presentation is not self sufficient, it only
supports the lecture delivery by giving
pictorial representation of the aspects covered
as a part of the lecture. Please refer to the
sources mentioned in the subject outline plan.

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Dilli- i- Kuhna: city established by the Mamluks (Slave


Dynasty)

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Source: Hamzah Mehraj


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Quwwat-ul-Islam: the first mosque commissioned by Qutubuddin Aibak,


completed by Iltutmish
Use of salvaged parts of destroyed temples
Corbelling used for the arches and domes
Qutub Minar as a statement
The mosque added upon by Iltutmish, and later Alauddin Khilji

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Corbelling technique for Arches and domes

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Stalactite
pendentives in
brackets

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Sultan Garhis tomb

Fortress- like structure

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Iltutmishs Tomb, Delhi

Dome resting on
squinches, obtained
by increasing the
number of sides of
the polygon at
various levels
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Tomb of Balban: first true arch

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Khilji Dynasty

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Source: Hamzah Mehraj


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Jamaat Khana Mosque


Introduction of spearhead fringe on the intrados of the arch

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Siri Fort

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Hauz-i- Alai tank


(later known as Hauz
Khas)

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Tughlaq Dynasty

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Source: Hamzah Mehraj


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Source: Hamzah Mehraj


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Tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq

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Contributions of Mohammed Bin Tughlaq

Source: Hamzah Mehraj


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Source: Hamzah Mehraj


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Contributions of Feroze Shah Tughlaq

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Feroze shah Kotla

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Begumpuri Masjid and Kalan Masjid

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Khirki Masjid

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Tomb of Feroze Shah Tughlaq

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Sayyids and Lodis

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Tomb of Mubarak Shah

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Tomb of Muhammed Shah

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Tomb of Sikander Lodi

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Mosque attached to Bada Gumbad

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Bada
Gumbad and
the Mosque

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Kotla Mubarakpur mosque

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References

Brown, P. (1959). Indian Architecture: Islamic Period, Bombay: D. B. Taraporevala


Sons & Co. Ltd.
Grover, S. (2012). Islamic Architecture in India, New Delhi: CBS Publisher.
Lecture presentation by Hamzah Mehraj, Jamia Millia Islamia
Images from The mentioned books and internet sources

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