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This research investigates the unexpected proliferation of mausolea in Iran and significant Asia within the 10th and 11th centuries and the way their consumers, secular rulers of Iranian descent, drew at the pre-Islamic prior in new methods particular to every area. Mausolea built within the 10th and 11th centuries have a large geographical unfold throughout modem Iran and the ex-Soviet important Asian republics. despite the fact that, the monuments take various varieties: the tomb tower and the domed sq.. There are formal and practical transformations and a special geographical distribution, with the earliest tomb towers focused within the inaccessible Alborz Mountains in northern Iran. This distant zone had a really diversified old trajectory from that of critical Asia, the place the earliest extant domed sq. mausolea can be found. Historians of structure have frequently famous that sure beneficial properties noticeable in those mausolea have a few obscure reference to the pre-Islamic previous, yet this connection hasn't ever been accurately outlined or defined; I argue that the cultural dynamics which led to specific architectural varieties have been very various in those areas: pre-Islamic Iranian traditions have been selectively persevered within the Caspian zone of northern Iran, while different components of the Iranian previous have been consciously revived in valuable Asia. of the mausolea that I examine, the Samanid mausoleum and the Gunbad-i Qabus, are recognized monuments which look in nearly each survey of Islamic paintings, while lots of the others are virtually thoroughly unknown.

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134 Blair, comparing the inscription and its location to that at the Samanid mausoleum, proposed a date in the second half of the 10th century, 135 which seems altogether plausible. The inscription here is prominently displayed, but has not yet found its characteristic position around a pishtaq, as is seen at the mausoleum of Arab Ata. Tilla Halaji This mausoleum is located in the village of Aivaj, in southern Tajikistan next to the Afghan border. 5 m square on the outside, 7 m 130 Pugachenkova read the name in the inscription as "Ahmad," but Blair has suggested that "Mohammad" would be a better reading; see Blair 1992, p.

54. 53 Rempel 1936, p. 199; see also Shishkin 1936, p. 32; Bulatov 1976, p. 13; Zahidov 1996, p. 92. constructed during the reign of Nasr II (914-43). 54 Nil'sen, while avoiding the issue of the specific patron, termed the building the "best example of 10th century 'Islamic' architecture anywhere". 57 Bulatov made such a geometrical analysis the subject of his dissertation: after a lengthy mathematical presentation, he then argued that the geometry of the building, which demonstrates the harmony of architecture and nature, meshed with the neo-Aristotelian philosophy of Ibn Sina, proving that mathematics, architecture, poetry and philosophy are all intricately linked.

175. pre-Islamic manor houses, of that era found in the vicinity. She did not dismiss entirely, however, the possibility of a female incumbent. " 19 The building has a brief entry in the catalogues of both Grabar and Leisten, both of whom date it slightly later than Pugachenkova: Grabar dates it to the late and Leisten gives a late 10th - early 1 1 th 10 h century, century date. 120 Khmel'nitskii, on the other hand, argues for an earlier date, firmly in the 9th century. He compares the squinch to those seen at Lesser Qiz-Qala, which Pugachenkova dated to the 6-7 t centuries.

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