Islamic contribution to Indian architecture is far reaching and undeniable. New modes and principles of construction were developed reflecting the religious and social needs of the adherents of Islam.
Masjid and Mandir
Prior to the Muslim incursions into India, open space in
Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainconstructions was constained by length stone slabs could be spanned across two columns.
Classes of Indo-Islamic Architecture
Sharma divides Indo-Islamic architecture into three broad classes consisting of monuments erected under patronage of the Sultans such as
Qutb-ud-din Aybak, monuments erected by governors of independent provinces, and landmark construction of the Mughals.
Sharma, Y.D. (2001). "Delhi and its Neighbourhood." New Delhi, India: Archaeological Survey of India.
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