Alka Patel, Architectural Cultures and Empire: The Ghurids in Northern India (ca. 1192–1210)

Possible Ghurid-period mosque, Badi Khattu, Rajasthan (Indian). Late 12th-early 13th century
Possible Ghurid-period mosque, Badi Khattu, Rajasthan (Indian). Late 12th-early 13th century



This article examines the culturally and architecturally disparate territories of the Ghurid empire (ca. 1150-1215), based in central Afghanistan but at its zenith including eastern Iran through western Bengal (India). Building on the scholarship on the archaeology of empires, the work emphasizes the equal importance of regions traditionally divided as centers and peripheries, proposing the rubric of "architectural culture" to analyze each of these disparate but equally significant regions.