School of Architecture


Wednesday 18 March 2020 12:00pm to 1:00pm


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The purpose of the Guilford Bell scholarship is to support a research higher degree candidate in observing architectural methods used overseas. The 2019 scholarship supported Dilrabo Tosheva's recent research trip to former-Soviet Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. Dilrabo's thesis explores the origin and significance of the Islamic monumental facade. At the time of Arab conquest, monumental façade was not a new concept in ancient world architecture. But, as Dilrabo argues, in Central Asia, at the verge of tenth and eleventh centuries, the face of the monumental façade changed in three important ways. First, it became a freestanding detail of architecture. Second, it became an important symbol of Islamic architecture in Central Asia and beyond. Finally, it was now attached to the domed mausoleums of Central Asia. The earliest examples of buildings with Islamic façade are located in remote parts of Central Asia and only a very limited amount of written information about them remains. With support of the Guilford Bell scholarship, Dilrabo was able to conduct this valuable research in Central Asia, which allowed her to enrich her research methods and approach by studying these under-examined buildings of the Central Asian past.


Presenter: Dilrabo Tosheva is a medievalist historian, holds an MS degree in Architecture from the USA (UWM),  BA and MA degrees in History from Uzbekistan. She is currently working on her PhD thesis titled “Architecture of the Medieval Eastern Frontier: Monumental Façade in the Funerary Structures of Central Asia in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries.”


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