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The Back-Road Historic Mosques of China
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...
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Mega Cities on the Silk Road
Throughout history, trade routes played a central role in the transfer of goods and exchange of ideas between different parts of the world. The historic Silk Roads, which were a network of trade...
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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 World. It was still a great tourist attraction well into the medieval period, and was visited by many travellers to the city...
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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)" by UNESCO, what a perfect time to remember these words: “If the first light of the new year doesn’t shine upon my...
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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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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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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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The Abbassid Mosques
Building enthusiasm of the Abbassids took a new dimension in the construction of mosques as reflected in...
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The Palaces of Ukhaidir
The architects of Ukhaidir first introduced a new elaborate technique based on the construction of elliptical...
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Architecture of Muslim Spain and North Africa
First in a series of articles on the Architecture of Muslim Spain and North Africa (756-1500AD). A brief...
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