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Turkey: Home of TURQUOISE
"Did you know the word 'turquoise' is a French word that simply means 'Turkish'?
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Mosque of Whirling Colours: A Mixture of Architecture and Art in Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
There are numerous mosques all around the world. Each has a design of its own. However, in order to be distinctive from other mosques, a mosque needs to be unique and possess outstanding features....
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Architectural Links between East and West in Early Modern Times
In a programme broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 14 February 2010, the work and influence of the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan was highlighted, through the description of his magnificent...
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Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil or the Triumph of the Islamic Architectural Style
Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil is one of the leading voices in contemporary Islamic architecture and a practitioner known worldwide for his design of the Oxford University Centre for Islamic Studies. His use...
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Islamic Art in Poland: The Kornik Castle
The article is about the famous Kornik Castle near Poznan, in Poland which has many features inspired by Islamic art and architecture. Outlining the reasons of this influence, Mrs Latour-Abdalla...
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Sinan’s Acoustical Technology
This article gives the the results of a research project studying the acoustical properties of several Ottoman mosques designed by Mimar Sinan in the 16th century. The results of measurements...
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Architecture under Umayyad Patronage (661-750)
Under the Umayyads, Islam spread to various lands, generating considerable prosperity and wealth. In that...
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Figure 1: Dome of the Rock, the Jewel of Islam, Jerusalem (691-692).
Umayyad Mosques and Palaces
The Umayyad architectural splendour is experienced in both religious and domestic buildings. At the core of...
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Architecture under Abbassid Patronage (750-892)
The Abbassids became patrons of a number of gigantic construction projects extending from large mosques and...
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Bab Alamma, Samara (836/37 AD) with its three iwans
Ceremonial Gates of the Abbassids
Among the features of the Abbassids elaborate lifestyle that had a great impact on the architecture of this...
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