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Towards A Transcendent Architecture: Isfahan and Its Architectural Legacy Open Access

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This thesis focuses on the architectural factors responsible for the Islamic ideal city to emerge, develop and be sustained. The research specifically examines the spatial and architectonic features of Safavid Isfahan from its genesis to its culmination as the ideal of the capital of the Islamic state. It explores the ideal city as a concept and reality, and analyzes its effects on the built environment, culture and spiritual life.

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