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affected by Hindu influences for two reasons. They used the materials of Hindu temples in constructing their mosques and they employed masons imbued with the traditions of Hindu art. The best specimens of this period are to be found in the group of buildings in Old

Fig. 77. Kutb Minar.

Delhi or Kila Rai Pithora, close to Mahrauli and eleven miles to the south of the present city. These buildings are the magnificent Kuwwat ul Islam (Might of Islam) Mosque (1191-1225), with its splendid tower, the Kutb Mindr (1200-1220), from which the mu'azzin called the