The small mosque of Sedukan retains the characteristic form of nineteenth century community mosques in the old city, with a colonnaded summer prayer area built above a ground floor mosque and traditional underfloor heating, for use in winter. Constructed of mud brick with a flat timber roof supported on two rows of decorated timber posts, the mosque was in poor condition at the time of surveys in 2003. The conservation work has enabled detailed documentation -- especially important in the case of the carved hardwood on the posts -- to take place, while it has also offered craftsmen the opportunity to develop their skills in repairing moulded plaster and carved timber decoration.
At the crossroads of the ancient world between the Steppe of Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan has been at the centre of a network of cultural exchange and influence propagated by successive civilizations and empires for over four thousand years.
As Afghanistan recovers from decades of destruction, this book celebrates many of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s projects to restore monuments and other sites to their former glory. For decades, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been working to revitalize the social, cultural, and economic strength of communities in the Muslim world through its Historic Cities Programme. This book documents more than 100 such efforts that have been carried out in Afghanistan since 2002. Each project is illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and detailed descriptions. A powerful testament to the Trust's commitment to Islamic culture, this book documents the organisation’s ongoing work to celebrate, restore, and maintain Afghanistan’s cultural presence in the modern world.
This section focuses on work and activities in Kabul including: Amir Abdur Rahman Mausoleum and Mosque, Milma Pal Mosque, Burj-e Wazir Mausoleum, Sedukhan Mosque, and many other structures.