Can we truly speak of an Islamic architecture, asks Karl Sharro, satirist, architect and author? Is there something that unites the various strands of architecture in the Islamic world, Umayyad, Memluk, Ottoman, under one stylistic umbrella? Does Islamic architecture share little more than its Islamic context? Sharro, in this subtle, considered essay argues not. This is a cogent, forceful argument in favour of carrying through the Islamic enlightenment.