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Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans
Author: Jane Taylor
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated history of the Nabataeans, a Middle Eastern people of the third to sixth centuries, A.D. Their nearly forgotten rock-hewn city of Petra, in southern Jordan speaks volumes of the Nabataean spice trade, religious practices, and outside cultural influences.

Architecture and Tourism in Italian Colonial Libya: An Ambivalent Modernism
Author: Brian L. McLaren
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $60.00
ArchitectureWeek— Architecture and Tourism in Italian Colonial Libya shows how Italian authorities used the contradictory forces of tradition and modernity to both legitimize their colonial enterprise and construct a vital tourist industry. This is an important book for architectural historians and for those interested in colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as Italian studies, African history, literature, and cultural studies more generally.

Hagia Sophia, 1850-1950: Holy Wisdom Modern Monument
Author: Robert S. Nelson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Built from 532 to 537 as the Cathedral of Constantinople, Hagia Sophia was little studied and seldom recognized as a great monument of world art until the nineteenth century, and Nelson examines the causes and consequences of the building's newly elevated status. He chronicles the grand dome's modern history through a vibrant cast of characters--emperors, sultans, critics, poets, archaeologists, architects, philanthropists, and religious congregations--some of whom spent years studying it, others never visiting the building. But as Nelson insists, they all had a hand in the recreation of Hagia Sophia as a modern architectural icon. By many means and for its own purposes, the West has conceptually transformed Hagia Sophia into the international symbol that it is today.

Egyptian Palaces and Villas: Pashas, Khedives, and Kings
Author: Shirley Johnston
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2006
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ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated book offers a look inside the opulent estates of the pashas, khedives, and great ladies of 19th-century Egypt, and the princes and kings of the early 20th century. The stories of the families and architects behind 41 villas and palaces are told through the text and the beautiful photographs taken by Sherif Sonbol.


 
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