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This chapter briefly discusses the sultanate architecture, Mughal architecture, and the inscriptions. It describes the pre-Islamic tradition, earliest Islamic architecture, and building styles of Delhi Sultanate, Panjab, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Malwa, Khandesh, The Deccan, Kashmir, and Sindh. The architecture of Kashmir is remarkably different from that of all other regions of India, as it is essentially in wood: great logs of deodār (Cedrus deodara) laid horizontally and joined by crude carpentry, and used also as piers to support any superstructure; the interstices between courses may be filled with brickwork or plaster covered with glazed tile. The Indian sub-continent is very rich in Muslim inscriptions, the study of which affords valuable information not only to the archaeologist and historian but also to the geographer, the economist, the student of religions, the linguist, and of course the calligrapher.

Keywords:Indian Islamic architecture; Mughal architecture; Muslim inscriptions; sultanate architecture



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