Reveals the splendours of early twentieth-century architecture still standing in Iraq's capital, despite international sanctions and the ravages of war. Caecilia Pieri's photographs (taken between 2003 and 2006)present Baghdad's architecture in a historic
Twenty chapters, authored by leading scholars from around the world, explore the astonishing variety of building styles and traditions that have evolved over millennia in a region of diverse terrains, extreme climates and distinctive local histories.
The Persian Gulf, possessing half of the world's total oil reserves, has over the past few centuries become a major centre of global attention and conflict. Extensive recent architectural and planning activity in Persian Gulf countries has been equally dramatic and influential.
The documented projects represent efforts in the categories of infrastructure, landscaping, community development, public urban spaces and responses to the growing crisis of housing shortage in many Muslim societies.