Figure 1. A group of school children practice martial arts formation under the watch of their teacher in the Great Mosque of Xi'an. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Chinese_martial_arts.
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An important legacy of Islam in China is represented by Muslim Kung Fu, developed throughout history by...
Figure 1. Extract from a scene of music (Hadith Bayâd wa Riyâdh), 13th century (Image from http://expositions.bnf.fr/livrarab/grands/099.htm).
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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).
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This article relates the discovery by two American scholars, Paul J. Steinhardt and Peter J. Lu (respectively...
Figure 1: An Abru (marbling) sample from Dr. Mehmet Kileci. (Source).
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The Islamic civilisation allowed the development of autonomous norms of beauty that were inspired by the...
Figure 1. Yivli (Grooved) Minaret Mosque, Antalya, Turkey (Image from Miniaturk, Istanbul).
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The minaret is the architectural shape which best indicates the presence of mosque. Over the centuries the...
Figure 1. The entrance gate of Aleppo Citadel. (© Murat Özyildirim)
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The Citadel of Aleppo is one of the oldest monuments in the world. It is the most famous historic...