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Top 5 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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Architectural Links between East and West in Early Modern Times
In a programme broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 14 February 2010, the work and influence of the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan was highlighted, through the description of his magnificent...
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Sinan’s Acoustical Technology
This article gives the the results of a research project studying the acoustical properties of several...
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Sinan: A Great Ottoman Architect and Urban Designer
Sinan, called  Mimar Sinan (Architect Sinan) and Mimar Koca Sinan (Great Architect Sinan), is the most...
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When Ridhwan al-Sa’ati Anteceded Big Ben by More than Six Centuries
The following article by Abdel Aziz al-Jaraki, a scholar from Damascus, describes the context of the...
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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. Steinhardt and Peter J. Lu (respectively...
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The Minaret, Symbol of a Civilization
The minaret is the architectural shape which best indicates the presence of mosque. Over the centuries the...
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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 started to develop the traits they had...
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