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THE SELJUQ MONUMENTS OF TURKMENISTAN<sup>*</sup>

Robert Hillenbrand

in The Seljuqs

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639946
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639946.003.0015
THE SELJUQ MONUMENTS OF TURKMENISTAN*

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This chapter discusses the Seljuq monuments of Turkmenistan. First, the chapter provides a brief overview of the geographical setting, the distribution of these monuments in time and space, and their political context. The chapter then focuses on their structural features and on their place within the wider framework of architecture in the Iranian world in this period. It is argued in this chapter that the fifth- to sixth- and eleventh- to twelfth-century monuments in modern Turkmenistan constituted a distinct local school of Seljuq architecture with a recognisable selection of forms and style of decoration. The chapter ends with a brief assessment of the major building of the whole school which is popularly known as the mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar.

Keywords: Seljuq monuments; Turkmenistan; geographical setting; structural features; architecture; Seljuq architecture; Sultan Sanjar

Chapter.  9345 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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