Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) has brought another important work to the publication life, titled “Karakhanid Era Architecture and Decorations”.

In the book, there are researches on Islamic artifacts built in Central Asia, which has an important place in terms of the History of Islamic Arts, from the Samanids to the end of the Karakhanids, in the period of about three centuries.

Marmara University Ph.D. Student Muhlisahon Rustamova is the author of the prestige book, consisting of 518 pages. The book is a doctoral thesis based on the architectural elements of the Karakhanid architecture, which did not survive until today, and the geometric and vegetal decorations applied in architecture.

The work includes structures from the pre-Islamic cultural environment to the Karakhanid period in the regions of southern Kazakhstan, eastern Turkmenistan, northern Tajikistan and Afghanistan, with the center of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. At the end of the research, a total of 61 examples of buildings and building parts have been determined. 12 of them are in Kyrgyzstan, 29 in Uzbekistan, 9 in Kazakhstan, 2 in Turkmenistan, 7 in Tajikistan and 1 in Afghanistan. The examples in the work span chronologically from the 9th century to the end of the 12th century.

In the book, which is prepared as a doctoral thesis, field and library studies in Central Asia have been carried out, and the geometric and floral ornaments of the architectural works have been analyzed and shown on the AutoCAD program. As a result of the study, the art of which civilizations were affected by the arts of the Karakhanid period in the development process, the new structures they produced have been examined in terms of technique, plan, material and decoration, and it has been tried to obtain inferences about the art style of this region.

For the Full Text PDF of the book, see https://www.tdbb.org.tr/tdbb/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Karahanli-Devri-Mimarisi-Bezemeleri.pdf