Figure 1. Gülru Necipoglu, The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire (Princeton University Press, 2005). An historical and sociological tour de force, an authority in the study of Sinān and of Islamic art and architecture.
Sinan: A Great Ottoman Architect and Urban DesignerLEARN MORE
Sinan, called Mimar Sinan (Architect Sinan) and Mimar Koca Sinan (Great Architect Sinan), is the most...
Figure 1. The Umayyad mosque in Damascus. This image has been released into the public domain by its author 'Isaam Bayazidi (at the Arabic Wikipedia project).
When Ridhwan al-Sa’ati Anteceded Big Ben by More than Six CenturiesLEARN MORE
The following article by Abdel Aziz al-Jaraki, a scholar from Damascus, describes the context of the...
Figure 1. Archway from the Darb-i Imam shrine in Isfahan, Iran, which was built in 1453 C.E. The larger pentagons outlined in pale blue were constructed using a large-scale girih tile pattern, and the small white pentagons were constructed using a small-scale girih tile pattern (Image courtesy of K. Dudley and M. Elliff).
A Discovery in Architecture: 15th Century Islamic Architecture Presages 20th Century MathematicsLEARN MORE
This article relates the discovery by two American scholars, Paul J. Steinhardt and Peter J. Lu (respectively...
Figure 1. Yivli (Grooved) Minaret Mosque, Antalya, Turkey (Image from Miniaturk, Istanbul).
The Minaret, Symbol of a CivilizationLEARN MORE
The minaret is the architectural shape which best indicates the presence of mosque. Over the centuries the...
Islamic Art as a Means of Cultural ExchangeLEARN MORE
With the expansion of Islam over a vast area of land, Muslim artists started to develop the traits they had...