• From a book on Indian architecture I found on Project Gutenberg: ****** The presence of such structures would justify translating the word haveli as a "courtyard house." But there is some disagreement among architectural historians, however, as to the exact etymology of the word haveli. Haveli are found across medieval northwestern India, from Gujarat to Rajasthan to even the Mughal city of Shahjahanabad (now Delhi). According to Stephen Blake, the term haveli is derived from Persian, and refers to the large walled mansions and open courtyards of the nobility and the rich. 24 Many of the standard art books on the Shekhawati haveli concur. 25 However, Catherine Asher has observed that the term haveli appears nowhere in the vocabulary of Mughal architecture. According to Asher (personal communication), the term probably originated in early modern Rajasthan to designate a new form of architectural synthesis of Rajput and Mughal domestic styles. ******* So, basically, it's a mystery. Sorry.
  • Hmmm. Wonder if that's where the word hovel comes from...

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