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October 28, 2016

Balochistan Architecture Craft and Religious Symbolism Book


“Balochistan: Architecture, Craft, and Religious Symbolism” is a detailed book written by Mohsen Keiany and published by Oxford University Press in 2014. This book is about the most underdeveloped and backward province of Pakistan.

This work explores the living traditions of Balochistan and provides a deeper understanding of the province’s religio-clutural, architectural, textile and symbolic traditions. The architectural and artistic traditions of the myriad Baloch groups are documented. The fieldwork and data collection is theoretically contextualized and draws upon a combination of reference points from Islamic architecture as well as anthropology.


Selected architectural forms of houses and mosques, and the design of their constituent elements, most notably minarets are analyzed to explain their practical functions and symbolic meaning. The Baloch lifestyle is examined on a broad plane, with particular focus on indigenous architecture and its characteristics, social contextualization and methods of construction.

About the Author

Mohsen Keiany is an artist and lecturer in architecture and visual arts.

Balochistan Book Information

  • Tagline: Architecture, Craft, and Religious Symbolism
  • Author: Mohsen Keiany
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publishing Year: 2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Price: Rs 3000
  • ISBN: 978-0-19-906784-8

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