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VCUQatar Members Contribute to Major Religious Architecture Publication

March 25, 2016
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Members of Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) have contributed essays to a landmark nine-volume Cambridge University Press publication on religious architecture, the Cambridge World History of Religious Architecture.

VCUQatar Dean Dr. Akel I. Kahera’s contributed an essay entitled, ‘The Mosque of the Prophet at Medina’. It can be found in the Modern Islamic Architecture volume.

Dr. Dina Bangdel, Director of Art History at VCUQatar, contributed two essays: ‘Buddhist Pilgrimage and Sacred Landscapes’ and ‘Newar Buddhist Architecture in Nepal.’ She also served as the Associate Editor of the Buddhist Architecture volume.

The nine volumes include Buddhist Architecture, Hindu Architecture, Historic Islamic Architecture, Modern Islamic Architecture, Jewish Architecture, Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture, Medieval Christian Architecture, Renaissance and Baroque Christian Architecture, Modern Christian Architecture.

Cambridge University Press is the world’s oldest publishing House. It began publishing in 1584 after it received permission from British King Henry VIII. It is the holder of the title of the Queen’s Printer (a royal title).

Previous authors to have their worked published by the company have included the man who discovered gravity Sir Isaac Newton; philosopher and logician Bertrand Russell; and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, whose life became the subject of the Academy Award winning movie The Theory of Everything.