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by David Macaulay

Published by Walter Lorraine Books / Houghton Mifflin, 2003
96 pages
ISBN: 0618240349

Ages 7-17

With the detailed drawings and an informative narrative typical of his other architectural volumes, Macaulay outlines the planning and building of a mosque and related buildings. Macaulay lays the groundwork for this activity with a brief history of the Muslim Empire during the sixteenth century. Then, blending architectural, cultural and religious information in a fictional narrative set in sixteenth-century Istanbul, he details the construction. In the storyline, wealthy Admiral Suha Mehmet Pasa has chosen architect Akif Agha to design and oversee the building of the complex series of structures. Macualay's intricate drawings show everything from how individual bricks were made to the physics behind certain architectural features. He introduces and explains many architectural terms and concepts (a glossary at the end is a helpful addition). He also discusses Islamic art, and the role of both art and architecture in Islam is clearly revealed as people prepare to worship in the holy place. Students of history, art, physics, and engineering of all ages will devour this book. CCBC Categories: Historical People, Places, and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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