|"A white marble tomb built in 1631-48 in Agra, seat of the Mugal
Empire, by Shah Jehan for his wife, Arjuman Banu Begum, the monument sums
up many of the formal themes that have played through Islamic architecture.
Its refined elegance is a conspicuous contrast both to the Hindu architecture
of pre-Islamic India, with its thick walls, corbeled arches, and heavy
lintels, and to the Indo-Islamic styles, in which Hindu elements are combined
with an eclectic assortment of motifs from Persian and Turkish sources."
—Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p223.