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The Back-Road Historic Mosques of China

by Sheila Blair Published on: 1st September 2017

In a country known for large numbers, it was a modest, round number that grabbed our attention: 100. That is the approximate number of mosques built before 1700 that are estimated to remain throughout...

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From Petra back to Makka – From “Pibla” back to Qibla

by David A King Published on: 22nd August 2017

A critique of Dan Gibson, Early Islamic Qiblas: A Survey of mosques built between 1AH/622 C.E. and 263 AH/876 C.E. (with maps, charts and photographs), 296 pp., Vancouver BC: Independent Scholars Pres...

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

by Rabah Saoud Published on: 10th April 2008

A splendid mosque was erected recently at Abu Dhabi. Named after the late Sheikh Zayed al-Nahyan, the Mosque was opened at the end of 2007 to emerge as one of the ten major mosques of Islam with a tot...

West African Mosque Architecture – A Brief Introduction

by Cleo Cantone Published on: 31st March 2006

Mosques built in parts of the Muslim world where Arabs migrated or took control of through wars developed a distinct tradition of domes and minarets. In areas where Islam spread mostly by returning tr...

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Jewels of the Muslim Chinese Heritage

by Mohammed Khamouch Published on: 31st March 2006

The prominence of Islam in China is fascinating and a surprise to many, with its long establishment of Muslim communities, a flourishing Islamic history, a spectacular Islamic cultural heritage and it...

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Masjid-i-Jami: the Friday Mosque of Isfahan

by FSTC Limited Published on: 25th May 2005

Iran has made great contributions to Muslim architecture culminating in the introduction of the cylindrical minaret form and the four-iwan plan. The most momentous work that survives in Iran is the Ma...

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Al-Hakim Mosque, Cairo (990-1012)

by FSTC Limited Published on: 27th April 2005

Al Hakim Mosque is the second major Fatimid Mosque and the fourth most important religious edifice in Egypt. The articles provides an elaborate account of the Fatimids contribution to its rich archite...

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The Great Mosque of Aleppo

by FSTC Limited Published on: 24th March 2005

Built by the Umayyad Caliph Suleyman in 717 CE and altered several times, the Great Mosque of Aleppo remains one of the architectural masterpieces of the Muslim world....

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Atala Mosque, Jaunpur 1408

by The Editorial Team Published on: 21st January 2005

Being the first mosque to be build after the independence of Jaunpur from the Islamic caliphate in India, the Atala Mosque was given royal treatment setting up a new monumentality to the traditional j...

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The Great Mosque of Tlemcen

by FSTC Limited Published on: 8th December 2004

The Great Mosque of Tlemcen as a whole is an architectural masterpiece however, the techniques introduced in the construction of the mihrab dome are the most innovative. It is one of the oldest and be...