Al Masjid al Haram at Makkah, the spiritual abode of Islam and the Muslim world, is a complex of holy sites and built spaces that is totally unique. In response to the ever-increasing numbers of worshippers a highly significant new project to extend, modernize and embellish the mosque and its surroundings was started in 1991. This book not only offers a rare glimpse in text and pictures of the Holy Mosque at Makkah but also documents the new extension for the very first time. Drawing on original reference sources, the history of the architecture and the formation of the built spaces since pre-Islamic times is detailed and the holy sites of the complex, including the Ka'bah and the Black Stone, are placed in context. The book then moves on to cover the planning and design of the New Extension, detailing the use of the latest technology and building techniques to create solutions within the parameters of Islamic design and the constraints of this special architectural complex. Dr Ismail surveyed all the principal mosques of Egypt to produce 'The Mosques of Egypt' and Dr Damluji's previous books include 'A Yemen Reality', 'The Valley of Mud Brick Architecture: Shibam Tarim and Wadi Hadramut' and 'Zillij: The Art of Moroccan Ceramics'.
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Hazar Publishing (May 1998)