Islamic Architecture of Deccan India

May 2018

We are very proud to have supported a new publication by one of our partners, the Deccan Heritage Foundation: Islamic Architecture of Deccan India, by George Michell, Helen Philon and photography by Antonio Martinelli.

The book is one of the first in-depth studies on the Deccan, including a major survey on unpublished Islamic buildings, and is illustrated with high quality full-colour photographs as well as architectural plans for almost every featured building. In October 2013, we supported a four part lecture series by George Michell, Treasures of the Deccan. You can watch videos of these talks here.

Find out more and see the book here.


The buildings erected in the Deccan region of India belonged to a number of pre-Mughal kingdoms that reigned in the Deccan from the middle of the 14th century onwards. The monuments testify to a culture where local and imported ideas, vernacular and pan-Islamic traditions fused and re-interpreted, to create a majestic architectural heritage with exceptional buildings on the edge of the Islamic world. Many are still standing – yet outside this region of peninsular India, they remain largely unknown.

General publications on Indian Islamic architecture usually devote a single chapter to the Deccan. Even specialist monographs can only cover a portion of the region, due to the sheer number of sites. While it is impossible to encompass the full breadth of the subject in a single volume, this book aims to embrace the visual diversity of the Deccan without sacrificing the rigour of academic study.

Structures of historical or architectural significance are placed in their context, as the authors discuss building typologies, civic facilities and ornamental techniques, from plaster and carved stone to glazed tiles and mural painting. A chapter is dedicated to each principal Deccan site, interweaving the rise and fall of these cities with a pictorial journey through their ruins, and each building is accompanied by an overhead plan view.

About The Deccan Heritage Foundation

The Deccan Heritage Foundation is a charitable organisation registered in the UK and in India.  The goals of the foundation are to preserve, restore and promote the heritage of the Deccan region of India, and in particular its plethora of monuments, through conservation projects, cultural promotion, and educational programmes. The Deccan Heritage Foundation (DHF) has a particular interest in education and music as the vehicles for keeping monuments and heritage alive.

In January 2017 this initiative culminated in concerts with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash, Ayaan Ali Bangash, David Murphy, Sinfonia Verdi in Goa and in MumbaiA major part of the DHF’s mission is bringing the Deccan’s rich heritage to a new generation of Indians as well as foreign visitors.