The publication presents the author’s analysis of medieval Islamic architectural monuments described in the Safarname (Book of Travels) of Nasir Khusraw, 11th century Persian and Tajik poet, philosopher, traveller, and preacher. Khusraw travelled from Khorasan to the countries of Near and Middle East, Asia Minor, North Africa and Muslim shrines in Arabia for seven years in search of knowledge about the world and the essence of life.
Opening page of Nasir Khusraw has attracted passionate attention, from admirers and critics alike, for nearly 1000 years. As a writer celebrated for a poetry which combines art with philosophy, a travelogue relied on for its details of the Middle East in medieval times, and theological texts revered by his admirers and criticised by his detractors, Nasir Khusraw remains one of the most fascinating figures in Muslim history and literature.
This book provides an important survey of the major themes and techniques employed by the poet, Nasir Khusraw, and includes a significant number of new English translations of his verses.