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The Back-Road Historic Mosques of China

In a country known for large numbers, it was a modest, round number th...

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Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage Symposium

“Science and Engineering in the Islamic Heritage”, a Symposium org...

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Technology in sub-Saharan Cultures

Genetic and paleontological findings have concluded that Africa is the...

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Mega Cities on the Silk Road

Throughout history, trade routes played a central role in the transfer...

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Lighthouse of Alexandria in the sources from Islamic Civilisation

The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the wonders of the Ancient Worl...

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Nearly 3 Centuries old light system illuminates a sacred grave on Sun’s equinox

This year has been chosen as "International Year of Light (IYL2015)" b...

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Turkey: Home of TURQUOISE

"Did you know the word 'turquoise' is a French word that simply means ...

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BBC Four – The Dark Ages: An Age of Light – The Wonder of Islam

BBC Four: "The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identifi...

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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 ...

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The Courtyard Houses of Syria

The courtyard house is one of the most enduring architectural forms, t...

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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, ...

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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 Isla...

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New Discoveries in the Islamic Complex of Mathematics, Architecture and Art

The complex of disciplines composed of mathematics, architecture and a...

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Islamic Art in Poland: The Kornik Castle

The article is about the famous Kornik Castle near Poznan, in Poland w...

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Sheikh Zayed Great Mosque in Abu Dhabi: Islamic Architecture in the 21st Century

A splendid mosque was erected recently at Abu Dhabi. Named after the l...

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The Seljuk Face of Anatolia: Aspects of the Social and Intellectual History of Seljuk Architecture

This article deals with the Seljuk Anatolian architecture and art. The...

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Sinan’s Acoustical Technology

This article gives the the results of a research project studying the ...

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Sinan: A Great Ottoman Architect and Urban Designer

Sinan, called Mimar Sinan (Architect Sinan) and Mimar Koca Sinan (Gre...

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A Discovery in Architecture: 15th Century Islamic Architecture Presages 20th Century Mathematics

This article relates the discovery by two American scholars, Paul J. S...

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The Minaret, Symbol of a Civilization

The minaret is the architectural shape which best indicates the presen...

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Islamic Art as a Means of Cultural Exchange

With the expansion of Islam over a vast area of land, Muslim artists s...

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West African Mosque Architecture – A Brief Introduction

Mosques built in parts of the Muslim world where Arabs migrated or too...

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A Treasure House on the Hudson

Olana is a remarkable galley of exquisite works of art collected by Fr...

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Cosmic Motifs & Elements in Seljuk and Ottoman Architecture

The structure of Mosques and other buildings draw inspiration from des...

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The Scholars of Seville – Artists, Architecture and Government

Seville was a key centre of Islamic Civilisation in Spain. Here you ca...

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Influence of Acoustic Data in Architectural Design

Sinan's is renowned for its success in the acoustic design of mosques ...

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Masjid-i-Jami: the Friday Mosque of Isfahan

Iran has made great contributions to Muslim architecture culminating i...

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Al-Hakim Mosque, Cairo (990-1012)

Al Hakim Mosque is the second major Fatimid Mosque and the fourth most...

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Mshatta Palace, Jordan; 743-744 CE

Msatta is a renowned Ummayad palace with spectacular architectural and...

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Karatay Madrasa, Konya 1252

Karatay Madrasa can be considered as the apex of Seljuk architectural ...

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The Great Mosque of Aleppo

Built by the Umayyad Caliph Suleyman in 717 CE and altered several tim...

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Ince Minare Madrasa

Ince Minare Madrasa is one of the most impressive structures introduce...

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Ukhaidir Palace (720-800 CE)

About 100 miles south-west of Baghdad is Ukhaidar palace, one of the m...

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Atala Mosque, Jaunpur 1408

Being the first mosque to be build after the independence of Jaunpur f...

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Architecture of Al-Azhar

Of the many splendours of Egypt, the Al-Azhar stands as a landmark in ...

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The Great Mosque of Tlemcen

The Great Mosque of Tlemcen as a whole is an architectural masterpiece...

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Taj Mahal : The Architecture of Love

"The whole together appears like a most perfect pearl on an azure grou...

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Kutubiya Mosque (1158)

Abul Mumin chose to build his mosque adjacent to the main street of bo...

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Khirbat Al-Mafjar, Palace (740 -750)

Khirbat Palace remains a unique example of Umayyad luxury and their de...

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Ottoman Palace Architecture: The Topkapi Palace

Construction of a palace to accommodate the Ottoman administration and...

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Sultan Ahmet Cami or Blue Mosque

Commissioned by Sultan Ahmed (1606-1617), the mosque was built by Mehm...

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The Ottoman Madrassa

The Madrassa was one of the main venues of education in the Muslim Wor...

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The Ottoman Han (Caravanserai) and Bazaars

The expansion of commerce in the Ottoman world necessitated the introd...

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Christopher Wren and the Muslim Origin of Gothic Architecture

Christopher Wren's respect for Muslim architecture is displayed in his...

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The Seljuk Mausoleum

Under the Seljuk patronage the mausoleum saw considerable development....

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The Seljuk Caravanserai (the Khan)

The Seljuk's developed the caravanserais or khans (Anatolia) or Ribat....

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The Seljuk Madrassa

Seljuk's made developments in the form, function and character of the ...

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The Seljuk Minarets

The Seljuk mosques took a form of minaret which was substantially diff...

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The Seljuk Kiosk Mosque and General Plan

Another Seljuk innovation in the plan of the mosque appeared in what A...

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The Seljuk Iwan

The Seljuk Iwan

According to Scerrato (1980) the Iwans plans of Seljuk Mosques were ma...

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Architecture Under Seljuk Patronage (1038-1327)

The Seljuks were the first Turkish dynasty to rule the Muslim World re...

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The Great Ummayad Mosque

The Great Ummayyad Mosque remains one of the great symbols of the glor...

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Ribat of Soussa, Muslim invention of rib vaulting?

In the Ribat (defensive engineering structures) of Port Soussa one fin...

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Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque is a rare example where Europeans openly admitted its...

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A’mr Mosque

In year 642AD, A'mr Ibn Al-Aas laid the foundations of the first and o...

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The Taj Mahal

A white marble tomb built in 1631-48 in Agra, seat of the Mugal Empire...

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Interior Architecture of Desert Climate

Mr. Hadi Ali Shateh discusses design solutions adopted in regions of d...

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Qarawiyin Mosque

Almost entirely enclosed by narrow alleyways, the mosque of Qarawiyin,...

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The Horseshoe and Transverse Arches

The first Muslim adaptation and modification of the design of the arch...

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Terminological issues of Islamic Architecture

Terminological issues are connected with the use of "Muslim" and "Isla...

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Theoretical issues of Islamic Architechture

Although Muslim architecture has been investigated by both Muslims and...

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Morphological and functional categories of the Mosque

The mosque plan was developed through a process of change and modifica...

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The Arch That Never Sleeps

Perhaps no culture mastered the design and use of the arch more than t...

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Introduction to Islamic Architecture

Islamic architecture encompasses a wide range of both secular and reli...

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Architecture under Umayyad Patronage (661-750)

Under the Umayyads, Islam spread to various lands, generating consider...

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Al-Qayrawan Mosque

The Qayrawan Mosque contributed a great deal to the development of arc...

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The Palaces of Ukhaidir

The architects of Ukhaidir first introduced a new elaborate technique ...

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The Abbassid Mosques

Building enthusiasm of the Abbassids took a new dimension in the const...

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Ceremonial Gates of the Abbassids

Among the features of the Abbassids elaborate lifestyle that had a gre...

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Architecture under Abbassid Patronage (750-892)

The Abbassids became patrons of a number of gigantic construction proj...

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Al-Hambra Palace and the river of paradise

The palace is an architectural masterpiece in every term. The composit...

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Bab Mardum Mosque – An inspiration for Gothic?

Bab Mardum Mosque was built in Toledo Spain between 999 and 1000 accor...

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Al-Zahra – City of Andalus

Al-Zahra became renowned for its high advanced civilisation, style and...

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The Mosque of Cordoba

One cannot visit Cordoba (in Spain) today without a trip to its main t...

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Architecture of Muslim Caliphate in North Africa

The arrival of Islam to North Africa at the hands of Uqba Ibn Nafi (d....

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Architecture of Muslim Spain and North Africa

First in a series of articles on the Architecture of Muslim Spain and ...

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The Pointed Arch

The first appearance of the pointed arch in the Muslim World was trace...

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Astronomical Observatories in the Classical Islamic Culture

The modern astronomical observatory as a research institute (as oppose...

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