Lahore: History and Architecture of Mughal Monuments

ISBN : 9780199066094

Anjum Rehmani
520 Pages
210 x 275 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
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The city of Lahore, one of the seats of the Mughal Empire, is regarded as the cultural centre of Pakistan and is famous for its many old monuments. However, the informed visitor or student has long felt the absence of a reliable volume on its architecture. Dr Rahmani's book resolves that issue. Diligently researched, it deals with the history and architecture of old monuments in Lahore, especially of the Mughal period., The topic is rich in terms of the variety of building types and the book covers a period of several centuries. The study has been organized chronologically, highlighting locations, significance, history, architecture, and the current condition of each monument. It also discusses the architectural and aesthetic influences, both foreign and local, and contains a comprehensive statement of achievements of particular epochs. For determining the architectural merit of specific monuments, a comparative approach has been adopted. At the end of the book, there is a chapter pertaining to analytical study of monuments in a historical perspective. The old theories regarding origin and nomenclature have been updated in the light of fresh research. The study, based on 33 years of personal observation by the author, also utilizes both published and unpublished sources, and official records.



1- Lahore: On the Road to Progress
a. Significance of Lahore.
b. Origin of Lahore's Name
c. Nomenclature of Lahore
d. Founder and Date of Founding
e. History

2- Pre- Islamic and Pre- Mughal Monuments
a. Monuments of Hindu Period w
b. Monuments of Ghaznavid Period
c. Monuments of Sultanate Period

3- Monuments of Babur and Humayun's Age
a. Babur
i. Babur's Concept of Architecture
ii. Babur and Lahore
b. Humayun
c. Bagh-i-Mirza Kamran
d. Shrines

4- Rise of Lahore and its Fort in Akbar's Time
a. Lahore City
b. Lahore Fort:

5- Tombs and Mosques of Akbar's Age
i. Tombs
ii. Mosques
iii. Gardens
iv. Akbari Mandi
v. Buildings of Bayizid Bayat
vi. Havelis
vii. Talaab Raja Todar Mal

6- Tracking the Lahore Fort in the Paradise of Jahangir
a. Lahore Fort
b. Moti Masjid
c. Kala Burj
d. Arzgah
e. Shah Burj
f. Picture Wall
g. Water Supply System

7- Tombs, Mosques, Gardens, Kos Minars and Havelis of Jahangir's Age
i. Tombs
ii. Shrines
iii. Mosques
iv. Gardens
v. Kos Minars
vi. Sarai Golianwali
vii. Palaces / Havelis

8. Lahore Fort in the Heyday of Shah Jahan
i. Diwan-i-Aam
ii. Shahjahan's Quadarangle
iii. Hammam-i-Shahi
iv. Paien Bagh
vShah Burj Quadrangle:
vi. Royal Kitchens

9. Domeless Tombs of Jahangir and Nur Jahan in Shah Jahan's Lahore
1) Jahangir's Mausoleum
2. Nur Jahan's Tomb

10. Tombs in Shah Jahan's Lahore
i. Tombs
11. Mosques of Shah Jahan's Period
1)Mosque of Wazir Khan
2)Mosque of Wazir Khan in Pari Mahal
3)Masjid Khurd of Wazir Khan
4)Mosque of Dai Angah
5)Mosque of Salih Sindhi
6)Mosque of Hazrat Mian Mir
7)Mosque of Hazrat Eishan
8)Mosque of Tibbi Bazaar
9)Mosque of Musta'id Khan
10)Mosque of Sayyid Jan Muhammad Hazuri
11)Old Mosque of Qasab Khana
12)Mosque of Changarr Mahallah
13)Mosque of Shah Chiragh

12. Shalamar Garden- The Pride of Shah Jahan's Lahore

13. Gardens, Hammams and Havelis in Shah Jahan's Lahore
i. Gardens
ii. Palaces/ Havelis
iii. Hammams
iv. Commercial Areas

14- Monuments of Aurangzeb's period
i. Lahore City
ii. Lahore Fort
iii. Tombs
iv. Mosques
v. Gardens
viThe Old Badshahi Well

15- Monuments of the Later Mughal Period
ii. Mosques
iii. Gardens
iv. Havelis

End Notes
Annex I
Annex II

About the author: 

Author Details (any useful extra facts: ex-Delegate, etc. ): Dr Anjum Rehmani served the Lahore Museum for 33 years, rising to the post of Director. During his service, he established three new galleries and developed the collection of manuscripts and coins in the Lahore Museum. He also served as Project Director of Bahawalpur Museum and Chairman Executive Committee of the Faqir Khana Museum in Lahore. As a Visiting Professor, he taught at Punjab University, Lahore, and the Allama Iqbal Open University, Lahore Campus. For the last eight years, he has taught a course on Lahore: History and Architecture at the GC University, Lahore. Dr Rehmani holds two PhD degrees and has received training in Museology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Among his books, the best known are Masterpieces of Lahore Museum, Sights of Sands in Cholistan: Bahawalpur, History and Architecture, Cultural Heritage of Pakistan, Punjab: Tamadni wa Moasharti Jaieza and Pakistan Mein Talim.

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