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Ode to Sheikh Abdul al-Amawi: The Old Man of Barawa
In this article, Natty Mark Samuels explores the life and contributions of 19th Century Abdul Aziz al-Amawi. Abd al Aziz al-Amawi originated from Barawa, Somalia and his subjects of...
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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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Song of Suwari: Ode to West African Scholars
Although some contemporary historians may argue otherwise, in the past, particularly in places such as West Africa, Muslims and non-Muslims lived together in relative harmony and prosperity. The...
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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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The role of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)’s Medical Poem in the transmission of medical knowledge to medieval Europe
Were you aware that in the Medieval Islamic world, celebrated scientists such as Ibn Sina used to relay their teachings through  poetry? Poems structure and rhythm  aided the process of...
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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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Architecture under Umayyad Patronage (661-750)
Under the Umayyads, Islam spread to various lands, generating considerable prosperity and wealth. In that...
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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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