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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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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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Jewels of the Muslim Chinese Heritage
The prominence of Islam in China is fascinating and a surprise to many, with its long establishment of Muslim...
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West African Mosque Architecture - A Brief Introduction
Mosques built in parts of the Muslim world where Arabs migrated or took control of through wars developed a...
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A Treasure House on the Hudson
Olana is a remarkable galley of exquisite works of art collected by Fredric Edwin Church during his travels...
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Sana'a Rising
Sana'a is one of the oldest cities of Yemen, indeed one of the oldest in the World, dating back to the Sabean...
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