Rum Seljuq Architecture, 1170-1220: The Patronage of Sultans

Richard Mcclary

Research output: Book/ReportBook


This lavishly illustrated volume presents the major surviving monuments of the early period of the Rum Seljuqs, the first major Muslim dynasty to rule Anatolia. A much-needed overview of the political history of the dynasty provides the context for the study of the built environment which follows. The book addresses the most significant monuments from across the region: a palace, a minaret and a hospital are studied in detail, along with an overview of the decorative portals attached to a wide array of different building types. The case studies are used to demonstrate the key themes and processes of architectural synthesis and development that were under way at the time, and how they reflect the broader society.

Key Features:
-Presents buildings never previously published in English: the Kilij Arslan II palace kiosk in Konya, the minaret of the Sivas Great Mosque, and the nearby ʿIzz al-Din Kay Kawus I hospital and tomb complex
-Covers the whole region, rather than the buildings of just one city or one ruler
-Gives a clear and concise history of the period 1170-1220
-Includes c170 line drawings and photographs, many in colour
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781474417495, 9781474417488
ISBN (Print)9781474417471
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Studies in Islamic Art
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


  • architecture
  • medieval
  • Islamic
  • Seljuq
  • Iranian
  • Islamic architecture
  • Anatolia
  • Rum Seljuq


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