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BBC Four - The Dark Ages: An Age of Light - The Wonder of Islam
BBC Four: "The Dark Ages have been misunderstood. History has identified the period following the fall of the Roman Empire with a descent into barbarism - a terrible time when civilisation stopped."
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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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Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil or the Triumph of the Islamic Architectural Style
Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil is one of the leading voices in contemporary Islamic architecture and a practitioner known worldwide for his design of the Oxford University Centre for Islamic Studies. His use...
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Islamic Art in Poland: The Kornik Castle
The article is about the famous Kornik Castle near Poznan, in Poland which has many features inspired by Islamic art and architecture. Outlining the reasons of this influence, Mrs Latour-Abdalla...
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Sinan’s Acoustical Technology
This article gives the the results of a research project studying the acoustical properties of several Ottoman mosques designed by Mimar Sinan in the 16th century. The results of measurements...
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Figure 1. The general plan of Ince minaret madrasa (1260-65)
Ince Minare Madrasa
Ince Minare Madrasa is one of the most impressive structures introduced by the Seljuks to endorse the central...
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Figure 1. The main gate showing its Pishtaq form, probably the first used in Islam.
Ukhaidir Palace (720-800 CE)
About 100 miles south-west of Baghdad is Ukhaidar palace, one of the most preserved palaces of the Muslim...
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Figure 1. Detailed plan of Atala Mosque
Atala Mosque, Jaunpur 1408
Being the first mosque to be build after the independence of Jaunpur from the Islamic caliphate in India, the...
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Figure 1. Internal view of the mosque showing the arcades carried by the columns
Architecture of Al-Azhar
Of the many splendours of Egypt, the Al-Azhar stands as a landmark in its architectural and cultural history...
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Figure 1. The Palace complex showing different sections of the plan.
Khirbat Al-Mafjar, Palace (740 -750)
Khirbat Palace remains a unique example of Umayyad luxury and their developed taste for art. The palace...
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