Architecture of Kashmir : A Case Study of Wooden Mosque in Neelum Valley

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  • RUKHSANA SAID KHAN
  • KIRAN SHAHID SIDDIQUI

Abstract

Architecture stands as a strong linkage between past and present. It reflects how beliefs, esthetics and various cultural ideas evolved and transformed into its present form. The Mosque architecture of Kashmir reflects the continuity of an architectural tradition that evolved in the region over millennia. Islamic cultural influence came from Central Asia into Valley of Kashmir and spread towards Neelum Valley, and Gilgit Baltistan. The wooden mosques of Neelum Valley are one of the ways of preserving the architecture traditions of the region. This study is based on documentation of an ancient mosque carried out by this researcher during field survey of 2015 in Neelum Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The paper examines the main architectural features, material and ornamentation of a structure which is representative of local as well as external influence visible in monumental and vernacular medium of construction. Furthermore, comparative study in this paper underlines the transformation and crosscultural reflections which are present in the form of artistic elements and fusion of traditions in the region.

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2021-03-06

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RUKHSANA SAID KHAN, & KIRAN SHAHID SIDDIQUI. (2021). Architecture of Kashmir : A Case Study of Wooden Mosque in Neelum Valley. Quarterly Journal of the Pakistan Historical Society, 68(1). Retrieved from http://phs.com.pk/index.php/phs/article/view/47

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