Wijdan Ali


Beauty and Aesthetics in Islam

by Wijdan Ali Published on: 25th January 2007

The Islamic civilisation allowed the development of autonomous norms of beauty that were inspired by the faith of Islam. The Islamic artistic tradition viewed the beauty of the universe, emphasized in the Quran, and the…

Islamic Art as a Means of Cultural Exchange

by Wijdan Ali Published on: 28th November 2006

With the expansion of Islam over a vast area of land, Muslim artists started to develop the traits they had borrowed from other civilisations, and created their own styles, motifs and fashion which conformed to…

Fatimid Coins 909-1171CE

by Wijdan Ali Published on: 18th January 2004

During the Fatimid Dynasty, Islamic coins were of such high quality and so abundant that they became the most wide-spread trade coins of the Mediterranean world.

Andalusian Coins 711-1494CE

by Wijdan Ali Published on: 18th January 2004

Muslims minted their first gold coins when they entered Spain in 711CE. The new coins were modelled in size and design after the Arab-Byzantine but their inscriptions were in Latin. A large star in the…

Abbasid Coins (750-1258CE)

by Wijdan Ali Published on: 18th January 2004

The Abbasid Dynasty experimented with different kinds of coins. They improved the appearance of coins using a more elegant form of Kufic script and the legends and the size of the legends on the dinars…

Umayyad Coins (661-750CE)

by Wijdan Ali Published on: 18th January 2004

As part of a policy to unify the various regions under Islamic rule, Caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan introduced the first Umayyad gold coins in 691CE. Within a short period of time, Islamic Coins replaced…