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Grand Jamia Masjid, Bahria Town Lahore

February 19, 2015 · Bahria Town

Grand Jamia Masjid, Bahria Town Lahore

 

Designed using the Indo-Islamic spirit of construction, with the center of its inspiration driven by “Lahori” construction traditions, it maintains the true essence of Islamic spirit incorporated with modern elements. Holding the tittle of being the world’s 7th largest mosque it has the capacity to accommodate 70,000 worshippers.

 

Inside Masjid Wazir Khan
Photo credits: intricateworks.com

March 5, 2014 · Intricate Works

Masjid Wazir Khan – Revisited

 

As part of our quest to find a portable point and shoot camera for our photo essays, we decided to test out the Fuji X10 by revisiting our favorite spot in Lahore –…

 

Inside the Naulakha Pavilion. Photo by Islamic-arts.org

March 3, 2014 · Intricate Works

The Naulakha Pavilion

 

The Naulakha Pavilion, so named for the mystical number nine and for the nine lakhs of rupees it took to build it, is a small white marble building, with a large arched entrance and an extraordinary curved, convex roof.

 

Registan Square. Photo by Muzaffar Bukhari - CC License

January 15, 2014 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Registan Square

 

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Registan means “Sandy place” in Persian. It was a public square, where people gathered to hear…

 

Photo Credits: Dave Morris - Creative Commons license.

December 10, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Al-Attarine Madrasa in Fez, Morocco

 

The Al-Attarine Madrasa is a madrasa in Fez, Morocco, near the Al-Qarawiyyin. Built by the Marinid sultan Uthman II Abu Said (r. 1310-1331) in 1323-5, the madrasa takes its name from the Souk al-Attarine, the spice and perfume market.

 

Baku - arabesque in stone

October 26, 2013 · Marina Alin

Baku – Arabesque in stone

 

Stone decoration of Baku architecture is superb. It is here when ancient craft of stone carving serves Islamic art showing the great level of craftsmanship and an elegance of artistic expression.

 

Photo Credits: Prateek Rungta - CC License.

September 29, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Bara Gumbad Complex, Delhi

 

Replete with intricate stucco inscriptions, the Bara Gumbad, or “big dome,” is a large domed structure grouped together with the Friday mosque of Nizam Khan Sikandar II (“Sikander Lodi”) (r. 1489-1517).

 

Karanaq, Yazd, Irán. Photo by Sergi Hill - CC License.

September 20, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

A pictorial tour of Yazd

 

Yazd, an  architecturally unique city.     Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazd

 

The Khwaju Bridge, from Pascal Coste,  Les Monuments modernes de la Perse (1867) . The central feature, set on a wider footing, helped the bridge to resist the pressure of the water.

September 7, 2013 · Henri Stierlin

Bridges of Isfahan

 

Isfahan grew up next to the Zayandeh Rud, which feeds the oasis where people had first settled in prehistoric times. To carry the line of the Chahar Bagh across the river, Shah ‘Abbas…

 

Photo © F.Bhatti (islamic-arts.org)

May 30, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Badshahi Masjid Lahore

 

The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, is the second largest mosque in Pakistan. Epitomising the beauty, passion and grandeur of the Mughal era, it is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction.

 

Wooden Mosque, Ethiopia

April 17, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Through the lens of Eric Lafforgue

 

Eric Lafforgue spends most of his time travelling the globe to share his encounters, through the perception of an ethnologist and the heart of an artist, privileging the regions or populations in danger…

 

Ayazama Mosque, Istanbul

April 15, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Birdhouses of Turkey

 

Beautiful bird-houses can be spotted on the facade of a number of mosques in Turkey. The purpose of these charming bird houses was to provide refuge to birds and to protect them from…

 

A 19th century drawing by Pascal Coste of the Chahar Bagh Madrassah in Isfahan.

April 12, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Architectural sketches by Pascal Coste

 

Xavier Pascal Coste (26 November 1787 – 8 February 1879) was a French architect, born in Marseille, France. Showing intellectual and artistic promise, Pascal began his studies in the studio of Penchaud, architect of the département…

 

Colorful (Šarena) mosque in Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia

March 26, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Šarena Džamija Mosque

 

Šarena Džamija, (Turkish: Alaca Cami) meaning Decorated Mosque in English, is a mosque located near the Pena River in Tetovo, Macedonia. The mosque was originally built in 1438 and later rebuilt in 1833…

 

Shahi Mosque Chiniot. Photo copyrights - Nadeem Khawar (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nadeemkhawar/)

March 26, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Chiniot’s Shahi Masjid

 

Chiniot’s Shahi Masjid (Badshahi Mosque) was built by Nawab Saad UlIah Khan (1595- 1655) during the regime of Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-58).

 

Court of the Myrtles in the Comares Palace. The Comares Palace, built under Yusuf I, is in line with typical Nasrid building design, with all the important rooms arranged around a splendid inner courtyard. The residential apartments are on the long sides of the Court of the Myrtles, while at each narrow end a portico leads onto the public reception and administrative halls. In the background rises the Torre de Comares, the highest tower of the Alhambra, which houses the Throne Room.

March 17, 2013 · Dr. J. Bermudez Lopez

The Alhambra

 

Considered as one of the most famous examples of Islamic art, the Alhambra is the culmination and grand finale of medieval Islamic culture on the Iberian Peninsula.

 

Phot by claudia yeh - Creative Commons License.

March 9, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Tomb of Etimad ud Doulah

 

Etimad-ud-Daula’s Tomb (Urdu: اعتماد الدولہ کا مقبرہ‎, I’timād-ud-Daulah kā Maqbara) is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as ‘jewel box’, sometimes called…

 

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March 2, 2013 · Bhatti F.A.

Bahawalpur Mosque at Aitchison College Lahore

 

Built in the year 1900, the Bahawalpur Mosque was commissioned by the Nawab of Bahawalpur while he was himself a student at Aitchison College Lahore. Photography by F.Bhatti. Aitchison College Lahore badshahi mosque…

 

Bala Hauz Mosque Ceiling

February 25, 2013 · ArchNet

Bala Hauz Mosque, Uzbekistan

 

Built in 1712, the Bala Hauz Masjid is noted for the profuse colors and carvings on the wooden columns of its porch and its ceiling. The joinery of its painted ceiling features extraordinary craftsmanship with the use of suspended weights, semi-circular arches and balusters.

 

Photo by Gabriel Jorby

October 14, 2012 · ArchNet

Great Mosque of Xi’an

 

The Great Mosque of Xian is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture. Like…

 

Dar al Hajar

October 12, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Dar al Hajar – The Rock House

 

There are a fair number of countries which can be identified by a single iconic landmark. When one thinks of France, the image of the Eiffel Tower often comes to mind. Dar al…

 

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September 24, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Sidi Bashir Mosque, Ahmedabad

 

The Sidi Bashir Mosque is located in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Due to its unique construction, the mosque is also called Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets. It is believed that the mosque was constructed by Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1452.

 

Medina Azahara

September 22, 2012 · John Noble

Islamic Architecture of Andalusia

 

Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim- ruled areas of the Iberian Peninsula were known). These buildings make Andalusia visually unique in Europe and have to be classed as its greatest architectural glory.

 

Photo by A Katabah

September 19, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Morrocan Pavillian in Putrajaya, Malaysia

 

In recreating the Moroccan ambience for the contemporary scene, the Astaka Morocco, set to become a prominent landmark in Putrajaya, showcases the unique Moroccan and Moorish architecture, which is incidentally believed to be first of its kind in the ASEAN region.Development of the Astaka Morocco is an idea mooted by the Malaysian Government. Construction of the building symbolizes the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries especially with its people and culture.

 

Yeni Camii and The Port of İstanbul by Jean-Baptiste Hilair.  Late 18th Century.

September 12, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Yeni Cami – The New Mosque

 

The Yeni Cami, The New Mosque or Mosque of the Valide Sultan (Turkish: ‘Yeni Cami, Yeni Valide Camii’) is an Ottoman imperial mosque located in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, Turkey. It is situated on the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge. It is one of the best-known sights of Istanbul.

 

Jalil Khayat Mosque web

September 10, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Jalil Khayat Mosque

 

The walls are built of bricks; the upper roof consists of several domes with a bigger dome on top; two minarets of about 65 meters are raised beside the mosque, and can be…

 

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September 10, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Mosque of Cristo de la Luz

 

Built in 999 in Toledo, this building is a rarity in that it is in much the same state as it was when it was originally built. It is one of the few mosques…

 

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September 9, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Colors of Cape Town Mosques

 

Vibrant, colorful and beautiful Mosques of Cape Town, South Africa. What should be the color of a mosque

 

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September 9, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Tokyo Masjid

 

After the Russian revolution of 1917, some of the Turkish communities migrated to different regions of the world.  The Kazan Turks, who had migrated to Tokyo, established a community called “Mahalle-i İslamiye” (i.e….

 

alhambra_featured

September 8, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Ornate Alhambra

 

A pictorial tour of the intricate and ornate architecture of Alhambra.

 

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September 5, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Great Mosque of Paris

 

Great Mosque of Paris, built following the mudéjar style, is an early-20th-century contribution to the cultural relations between France and the Arabic-speaking Muslim world.

 

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August 30, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

 

Work began on the construction of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque complex on a site by a main road between Muscat and Seeb early in 1995. It was completed six years later and inaugurated by the Sultan in May 2001. It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which will eventually contain up to 20,000 books.

 

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August 29, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Capturing the Spirit of Ramadan

 

“Capture the Spirit of Ramadan” International Photography Competition™ is a unique and unprecedented 30-day visual celebration that educates and enlightens thousands of viewers around the world as photos are shared every day during the holy month.

 

Ortaköy Mosque

July 12, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Ortaköy Mosque, Turkey

 

Ortaköy Mosque (Turkish: Ortaköy Camii), officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque) of Sultan Abdülmecid in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus. The original Ortaköy Mosque was built in…

 

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June 13, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Shrine of Bibi Ruakaya

 

Photographs of the Shrine of Bibi Rukaya in Damascus, Syria.  

 

Overview of the mosque

June 9, 2012 · ArchNet

The Uqba Masjid

 

The Mosque of Uqba also known as the Great Mosque of Kairouan, is located in the historic walled district of the Medina, between the Rue de la Kasbah and the Rue el Farabi….

 

Details of muqarnas corbel under the balcony, Qutub Minar

May 27, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Qutb Minar Complex, Delhi

 

The Qutb complex (Hindi: क़ुतुब परिसर, Urdu: قطب پرِسر), also spelled Qutab or Qutub, is an array of monuments and buildings at Mehrauli in Delhi, India. The construction of Qutb Minar was intended…

 

Spiral minaret of Ibn Tulun Mosque.

May 27, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Spiral Minaret of Ibn Tulun Mosque

 

The Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Ţūlūn (Arabic: مسجد أحمد بن طولون‎) is located in Cairo, Egypt. It is arguably the oldest mosque in the city surviving in its original form, and is the…

 

Detail of the door at the Mosque of Tijani.

May 25, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Mosque and Mausoleum of Sidi Ahmad al-Tijani

 

The 18th century Mosque and Mausoleum of Mawlana Ahmed ibn Mohammed Tijani al-Hassani al-Maghribi (1735–1815), in Fez, Morocco.

 

the tiles of infinity

May 20, 2012 · Sebastian R. Prange

Tiles of Infinity

 

 When Peter J. Lu visited Uzbekistan as a Harvard University graduate student in 2005, he found himself unexpectedly captivated by the complex tile patterns of a 15-th century Madrasa, or Islamic religious school,…

 

Imam Mosque, Isfahan

May 18, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Walls of Isfahan

 

  Related articles Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran (islamic-arts.org) Jameh Mosque of Isfahan (islamic-arts.org) Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque (islamic-arts.org) schematic Isfahan Imam square

 

Photo by brum d (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brumd/5727075175)

May 14, 2012 · ArchNet

Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

 

The Jāmeh Mosque of Isfahān (Persian: مسجد جامع اصفهان‎ – Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān) is the grand, congregational mosque (Jāmeh) of Isfahān city, within Isfahān Province, Iran. The mosque is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site…

 

Stucco Mihrab

May 11, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Room of Sultan Uljeitu

 

The Room of Sultan Muhammad Khodabandeh Uljeitu  (r. 1304-17) in the Jameh Mosque (Isfahan),  is home to one of the mosque’s greatest treasures – an exquisite stucco mihrab awash with dense Quranic inscriptions and floral…

 

Jameh Mosque, Yazd

May 9, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Walls of Yazd, Iran

 

Yazd is of foremost importance as a centre of fine Persian mosaics and beautiful architecture. The Yazd walls demonstrate a visual continuity in color, scale and form with the built fabric of the…

 

Herat Mosque

May 6, 2012 · ArchNet

Herat Masjid, Afghanistan

 

The Masjid-i Jami of Herat, the city’s first congregational mosque, was built on the site of two smaller Ghaznavid mosques that were destroyed by earthquake and fire. The present mosque was begun by…

 

Photo by nuritdinov

May 5, 2012 · ArchNet

Shah-i Zinda Necropolis

 

The Shah-i Zinda (lit. “the Living King”) is a funerary complex, located on the south side of the Afrasiyab hill in the city of Samarqand. The focal point of the complex is the…

 

Kasbah of Telouet

April 30, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Kasbah of Telouet

 

The Kasbah, architecturally speaking, are imposing buildings with a square base and towers that rise above the height of the perimeter walls. The kasbah are composed of bricks made of clay mixed with water…

 

The intricate marble and stone facade of Qa'it Bay sabil.

April 29, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Qa’it Bay Sabil in Cairo

 

The splendor of Cairo’s sabils probably reached its height with that of the illustrious Sultan Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay, who ruled from 1468 to 1496. Very large for a sabil, Qa’it Bay’s…

 

The Christian belfry and weathervane, set atop the Islamic minaret in the 16th century.

April 29, 2012 · Paul Lunde

The Giralda (La Giralda)

 

Modern Seville is a city of the Renaissance – the most Italian of Spanish cities, said a Venetian ambassador in the 16th century – and above all a city of the baroque, a…

 

Gouache of the mosque at New Gourna.

April 27, 2012 · Simone Swan

Elegant Solutions

 

It was during a dinner party in 1972 that I heard my host announce the completion of a film on “the greatest architect of the century, Hassan Fathy.” All I could think was,…

 

Mihrab محراب -at Madrasa Al.Nassir Mohammed Ibn Qalawun

April 19, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Qalawun complex in Cairo, Egypt

 

The Qalawun complex (Arabic: مجمع قلاون‎) in Cairo, Egypt includes a madrasa, a hospital and a mausoleum. It was built by the Sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad Ibn Qalawun in the 1280s; some thirty surviving mosques were built during his time. The Qalawun Complex was built over the…

 

Painting by the french architect, Pascal Coste, visiting Persia in 1841.

April 19, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

 

Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of…

 

Vakil Mosque

April 18, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Vakil Mosque in Shiraz

 

The Vakil Mosque (Persian: مسجد وکیل ‎ – Masjed-e Vakil), Shiraz, Iran is a beautiful mosque built in mid 18th century by Karim Khan, Regent (Vakil)  and the founder of Zand Dynasty. The entrance gates as well as…

 

The interior side of the dome

April 17, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque

 

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شیخ لطف الله‎ Masjed-e Sheikh Lotf-ollāh) is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran….

 

Aljaferia Palace, Site Map

April 14, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Aljafería Palace

 

The Aljafería Palace (Arabic:قصر الجعفرية Qasr Aljafariya, Spanish: Palacio de la Aljafería) is a fortified medieval Islamic palace built during the second half of the 11th century in the Moorish taifa of Zaragoza…

 

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April 1, 2012 · Murphy, James Cavanah

The Alhamra at Granada

 

James Cavanah Murphy spent the last 12 years of his life preparing notes and drawings for a publication on this Moorish architecture. The resulting book, The Arabian Antiquities of Spain, was only partially…

 

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March 31, 2012 · Murphy, James Cavanah

The Mosque of Cordova

 

This article has been taken from the book “Arabian Antiquities of Spain” by Murphy, James Cavanah, 1760-1814 ,published in 1816. The text has been converted from scanned images using OCR software and may contain…

 

Photo by ben oït (http://www.flickr.com/photos/29713277@N02/4823605456/in/gallery-islamicheritage-72157629699521587/)

March 30, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Enamelled Glass, Mosque Lamps

 

Mosque lamps of glass, enamelled and often with gilding, survive in considerable numbers from the Islamic art of the Middle Ages, especially the 13th and 14th centuries, with Cairo in Egypt and Aleppo and Damascus in Syria as the most important centres of production. These are oil…

 

alhambra, spain

March 30, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

A ray of light ..

 

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque - islamic-arts.org

March 13, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Arches of Sheikh Zayed Mosque

 

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a heaven for photographers. A simple google search will reveal stunning images of the mosque with enough detail to write numerous blog posts. However this is just a…

 

Morocco, Fes, Medrassa Ben Youssef

March 12, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Courtyards of Morocco

 

The ornate interiors and courtyards of Morocco.       Le Palais du Zahir marrakech architecture

 

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March 12, 2012 · Wolfram Kleiss

Safavid Palaces

 

Most of the palaces, pavilions, and villas built in the Safavid period have not survived. Many were destroyed, especially during the Afghan conquest of Isfahan in 1722. Others were neglected and left to…

 

zahirmosque

March 10, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Zahir Mosque

 

The Zahir Mosque is Kedah’s state mosque. It is located in the heart of Alor Star, the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia. The mosque was built in 1912, a contributory effort of YTM Tunku Mahmud Ibni Almarhum Sultan Tajuddin…

 

Photo by Ezry A Rahman

March 10, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Iron Mosque

 

The Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, or Iron Mosque is the second principal mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia after Putra Mosque. It is located in Putrajaya’s Precinct, opposite the Palace of Justice. Construction began on April 2004 and was fully completed on…

 

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March 9, 2012 · Santhi Kavuri-Bauer

Islamic Architecture

 

Islamic architecture is in part comprised of those buildings and built environments intended for use in Islamic worship, commemoration, and instruction. Among the architecture of this group are mosques, madrasas or schools, mausoleums,…

 

Masjid Shah do shamshira in the 1920s

March 4, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque

 

The Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, the “Mosque of the King of Two Swords”, is located in downtown Kabul along the edge of the Kabul River. It was built in the 1920s by Amanullah Khan…

 

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March 3, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Ranikot Fort – the Great Wall of Sindh

 

The Ranikot Fort also known as Dewar-e-Sindh (Great Wall of Sindh), with a circumference of about 26 km or 16 miles, is reputed to be the largest unexplored fort in the world. Since 1993, it…

 

Kalta Minor - the cut minaret that was cut halfway

March 3, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Kalta Minor Minaret – Khiva, Uzbekistan

 

The minaret that was cut halfway. It is difficult to imagine ancient Khiva without this monument of oriental architecture. The Minaret of Kalta-Minor has become an iconing symbol of the city mainly because…

 

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March 2, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Sindh – the land of sufi saints

 

Mausoleum of Shah Rukn-e-Alam The tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam was built between 1320 and 1324, is an unmatched pre-Moghul masterpiece. The tomb is located on the southwest side of the Fort premises. This elegant…

 

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February 28, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

 

The Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif, has tiles that look like they are painted with flowers, but the floral patterns are actually made from tiles cut into different shapes and plastered together.

 

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February 25, 2012 · Bhatti F.A.

Lahore Fort over the years

 

I have had the chance to visit the Lahore Fort on a number of occasions. The fort always seemed to be in a worse condition than it was during my previous visit. While photographing…

 

February 11, 2012 · Bhatti F.A.

Through the arches of Shalamar Bagh

 

The Shalimar Bagh (Garden), was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in Lahore, modern day Pakistan. Construction began in 1641 A.D. (1051 A.H.) and was completed the following year. The project management…

 

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February 6, 2012 · Bhatti F.A.

Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore

 

The Wazir Khan Mosque  in Lahore, Pakistan, is famous for its extensive tile work and frescos. It was built in seven years starting around 1634–1635 AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor…

 

The Suleymaniye Mosque - Walking Tour

February 3, 2012 · Emine Fetvaci

The Suleymaniye Mosque – A Virtual Walking Tour

 

 This virtual tour is comprised of various spherical panoramic photographs that place you inside the image, as if you were standing in the place where the photo was made. Use your mouse to…

 

Credit: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

January 27, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Bringing the Met Into the 1300s

 

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art embarked on the most ambitious rethinking and rebuilding of its Islamic art galleries in its history, a $50 million endeavor. Over the course of two months a…

 

Damascus Room:  Panoramic photo by Dov Friedman/WSJ

January 26, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Exploring the Damascus Room

 

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened the museum’s Islamic art galleries to display roughly 1,200 works spanning 13 centuries and dozens of Islamic-influenced cultures. One highlight is the Damascus Room, a 26-foot-long…

 

The House of Wisdom Baghdad

January 20, 2012 · Barry Hoberman

From Cuneiform to Topkapi

 

In the Islamic world, where reading and literacy have always been highly prized for the access they provide to the word of God and the world of knowledge, books were objects of both…

 

Al-Azhar mosque, main courtyard, 10th-18th centuries.

January 19, 2012 · Sibylle Mazot

Architecture of the Fatimid

 

The long period of Fatimid rule, lasting almost three centuries, and the dynasty’s political and ideological principles brought with them a major architectural revival. Clear evidence of change is provided by the monuments…

 

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January 18, 2012 · Caroline Stone

Movable Palaces

 

From a distance indeed this great tent would appear to be a castle.… Round and about the pavilion on the ground outside is erected a wall of cloth, as might be otherwise the…

 

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January 15, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Cairo’s Islamic Architecture – 7th to 18th Centuries

 

  Mosque of Ali mad ibn Tulun, interior of the maqsura, 9th century. Gypsum and ash pillars accentuate the domed mihrab. The mosque, inspired by the great mosque of Samarra in the patron’s…

 

Mosque of Ibn Tulun

January 10, 2012 · John Feeney

Cairo – A City Adorned

 

From the late ninth century well into the 15th, mosques built as prestige projects were the most spectacular buildings in Cairo. Locals, pilgrims on their way to Makkah and even Christian pilgrims were…

 

King Hassan II Mosque

January 9, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

King Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

 

The brainchild and crowning achievement of King Hassan II, this phenomenal building was built to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday and opened in 1993 giving Casablanca the heart and landmark it so…

 

Ramparts of the Aleppo Citadel

January 7, 2012 · Julia Gonnella

Aleppo – Architecture and History

 

“The city is as old as eternity, but still young, and it has never ceased to exist. Its days and nights have been long; it has survived its rulers and commoners. These are…

 

madinah_01

January 4, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Through the lens of Peter Sanders

 

All Photographs by Peter Sanders © 2012 PETER SANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY LTD  Makkah Madinah   Saudi Arabia   Jerusalem   Turkey   Spain   Morocco   Iran   China   Japan   Malaysia  …

 

Figure 1: A tracing of the Panr relief, an architectural fragment from Lower Swat, carved between the first and third centuries.

January 3, 2012 · Doris Meth Srinivasan

The Tenacity of Tradition: Art From the Valley of Swat

 

High in the rugged mountains of northwest Pakistan lies the Valley of Swat. The river of the same name runs through it. In ancient texts, the Swat River is called Suvastu, meaning “good dwelling…

 

Aga Khan Program in Architecture

January 1, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

 

Based at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) is dedicated to the study of Islamic art and architecture, urbanism, landscape design, and conservation –…

 

Al-haram-al-sharif-tour

December 31, 2011 · Barry Gross

AL-HARAM AL-SHARIF – A Virtual Walking Tour

 

This virtual tour is comprised of various spherical panoramic photographs that place you inside the image, as if you were standing in the place where the photo was made. Use your mouse to…

 

alhambra_tour

December 26, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Alhambra – A Virtual Walking Tour

 

To understand the Alhambra you need to look at its history, location and surroundings. It is situated on the hill of Sabika, overlooking the city of Granada. Alhambra means, literately, “The Red” and…

 

Reflection of Shibam -

December 22, 2011 · UNESCO

Old Walled City of Shibam

 

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise…

 

Mud Brick Skyscappers Shibam, Hadramawt

December 22, 2011 · Jean Francois Breto

Manhattan in the Hadramaut

 

At the end of December 1984, UNESCO – the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization – issued a plea to the world to save another national treasure from disintegration: the mud-brick “skyscrapers”…

 

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December 21, 2011 · Eric Hansen

Sana’a Rising – “a Venice built on sand.”

 

In mid-February 1978, on my first morning in Sana‘a, I woke up before first light. Illuminated by the flame of a single bedside candle, the undulating overhead ceiling beams, plastered in white gypsum,…

 

December 17, 2011 · Bernard O'Kane

DOME IN IRANIAN ARCHITECTURE

 

The Sasanian and early Islamic periods The dome on squinches first appeared in Persia in the Sasanian period in the palace at Fîrûzâbâd (q.v.) in Fârs and at nearby Qal´a-ye Dokhtar, both erected…

 

Design for the elevation of a wall of the picture gallery, Leighton House, George Aitchison, 1895. SC124/4 © RIBA Library Drawings Collection

December 17, 2011 · Patricia L. Baker

London’s Arab Hall

 

“…The Arab Hall in this fine house, without being at all like the Al-hambra in detail, gives the grand impression which Eastern art awakes in many minds.” An English vicar’s wife was so…

 

December 16, 2011 · Victor Borges

Nasrid plasterwork: symbolism, materials & techniques

 

This article provides an introduction to traditional materials and techniques used in Nasrid plasterwork as well as explaining their style and symbolism.

 

Owen Jones and Jules Goury, arched window from the volume Plans, elevations, sections & details of The Alhambra, published 1837.

December 16, 2011 · Victoria and Albert Museum

Illustrations of Islamic Architecture

 

The Alhambra Granada, Spain Built chiefly in the 13th and 14th centuries The Alhambra (from the Arabic, Al Hamra, meaning The Red) is an ancient mosque, palace and fortress complex built by the…

 

Cairo, street and mosque near the citadel. Count Atnadeo Preziosi,C1850

December 14, 2011 · Jennier M. Scarce

Domestic Culture of Cities in the Middle East (16th to 19th century)

 

This article invites the reader to enter and enjoy wealthy urban homes in Turkey, Egypt and Iran between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. This was a period of flourishing traditional culture and also of…

 

Cordoba Mosque six pointed star

December 14, 2011 · Najib Gedal

The Great Mosque of Cordoba: Geometric Analysis

 

Ilm al-Miqdar (The science of proportion) is a body of knowledge concerned principally with the study of spatial order through the measure and relationships of forms. Prior to being considered solely as a…

 

Naulakha Pavilion and the Shish Mahal

December 1, 2011 · Samina Qureshi

The Citadel (Lahore Fort)

 

The Lahore Fort is one of the noblest structures of its kind in the world. Rising out of the northwest corner of the walled city, it has been a symbol of its earliest days.

 

November 25, 2011 · Walter B. Denny

The Met Resets a Gem

 

n November, after an eight-year, $50-million renovation, 15 galleries devoted to “The Arts of Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia” will open in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art….

 

November 20, 2011 · UNESCO

Mughal Gardens in Kashmir

 

By the time Kashmir passed into the hands of the Mughals in the 16th C., these gardens embedded with the Persian spirit were already established in Kashmir. What perhaps the Mughals did later…

 

Agra - Red Fort

November 19, 2011 · UNESCO

The Agra Fort

 

Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the…

 

Taç Kapı Detay (65)B

November 12, 2011 · archmuseum

Divriği Ulucami and Şifahane (Divriği Great Mosque and Hospital)

 

The western section of the mosque was rebuilt after its complete destruction in the great earthquake which occurred at the beginning of the 16th century. The plan consists of five naves running perpendicular…

 

Al-Azhar Mosque

November 12, 2011 · Doris Behrens-Abouseif

The al-Azhar Mosque (970)

 

Al-Azhar is today the most celebrated of all Cairo’s medieval mosques, more because of its historic and reli­gious importance than its aesthetic value. It was the first mosque built in Fatimid Cairo and…

 

Building Crafts

November 10, 2011 · Kamil Khan Mumtaz

Crafts In Islamic Architecture

 

Creativity in traditional Islamic crafts  At the risk of appearing to be quibbling over semantics, let me first of all state simply and clearly what I understand by the terms “creativity”, “traditional”, and…

 

A World of Beauty and Grace: Islamic Architecture of India

October 20, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

A World of Beauty and Grace: Islamic Architecture of India

 

The architecture of Islamic mosques and tombs is an invaluable treasure of world heritage. Many countries have taken inspiration from this tradition. It is well know that the most famous Islamic monument of…

 

Assembly with octagons connected to a common vertex

October 17, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

A World of Stars – Decorative Art in Morocco

 

Eight Pointed Stars This text has been taken from the book Arabesques – decorative art in Morocco by Jean-Marc Caste´ra; Franc¸oise Peuriot; Philippe Ploquin; Kirk McElhearn. Translation from French to English was carried…

 

October 16, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Al-Andalus – The Alhambra

 

Al-Andalus (Arabic: الأندلس) was the Arabic name given to those parts of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims, at various times in the period between 711 and 1492. It refers to the Umayyad…

 

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October 16, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Arabesque Art of Islamic Spain

 

The arabesques and geometric patterns of Islamic art are often said to arise from the Islamic view of the world. To Muslims, these forms, taken together, constitute an infinite pattern that extends beyond the visible material…

 

Dome of the Rock: section

October 15, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Historic Illustrations of Islamic Architecture

 

Title: Dome of the Rock Other title: Qubbat al-Sakhrah (Mosque: Jerusalem); Mosque of Omar Date: circa 687–691 Current location: Yerushalayim, Mehoz Yerushalayim, Yisra’el Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project…

 

October 12, 2011 · AKDN

Bhong Mosque, Rahim-Yar Khan, Pakistan

 

Winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1986. Completed: 1982 Patron: Rais Ghazi Muhammad The Award is made in recognition of a significant attempt by a single individual to create a…

 

October 12, 2011 · Kamil Khan Mumtaz

Reading Masjid Wazir Khan

 

Wazir Khan’s Mosque, in the heart of the Walled City of Lahore, is one of the most thoroughly documented and discussed of our monuments. In 1887, Kipling (John Lockwood, father of Rudyard) discussed…

 

October 8, 2011 · AKDN

Restoration of the Tomb of Shah Rukn-i-Alam (Multan, Pakistan)

 

For the restoration of an important four-teenth-century mausoleum of the Tughluq period in Multan and for its contribution to reviving some of the great crafts of 600 years ago and promoting similar building…

 

October 7, 2011 · AKDN

Yaama Mosque (Yaama, Niger)

 

The mosque is located in the Sahel region of Niger where the economy is based on agricultural production. The construction is realized in the traditional banco technique. It is characterized by a central…

 

October 7, 2011 · AKDN

Mosque of Niono

 

  Niono, Mali, completed 1973. Client: Muslim community of Niono. Designer/master mason: Lassine Minta. The Great Mosque of Niono is an example of such efforts. Lassine Minta, the master mason of the mosque,…

 

October 7, 2011 · Prof. Robert Hillenbrand

The Mosque in the Medieval Islamic World

 

  Why study the mosque? For historians of architecture and culture alike, the answer is gratifyingly simple. This is the Islamic building par excellence, and as such the key to Islamic architecture. Moreover,…

 

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October 3, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus

 

Also known as Principal (Great) Mosque of Damascus, founded by the Umayyad caliph al-Walid in 706 CE. The Great Mosque stands in the centre of the old city of Damascus on the site…

 

The 3 minarets of the Great Mosque of Damascus: Qaitbay (built 1488), Bride (~9–12th c.) & Jesus (9–13th c.)

October 3, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Damascus – history, arts and architecture

 

Capital city of Syria and one of the chief cities of the Middle East. Damascus is located in southern Syria on the banks of the Barada river. The area of Damascus forms an…

 

Kaaba_Door_1

October 2, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The door of the Kaaba

 

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door

October 2, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid-e-Nabawi)

 

The Mosque of the Prophet was built in 622 by the Muslim community after they reached the city of Yathrib, which would later be called al-Madina al-Muanwara. The mosque was situated next to…

 

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October 1, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Domes & Arches of Shah Jehan Mosque (Thatta)

 

The Shah Jehan Mosque (Grand Mosque) is located in Thatta (Province of Sindh, PAKISTAN).

 

Dome of the Rock: section

October 15, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Historic Illustrations of Islamic Architecture

 

Title: Dome of the Rock Other title: Qubbat al-Sakhrah (Mosque: Jerusalem); Mosque of Omar Date: circa 687–691 Current location: Yerushalayim, Mehoz Yerushalayim, Yisra’el Description of work: The historic illustrations included in this project…

 

October 12, 2011 · AKDN

Bhong Mosque, Rahim-Yar Khan, Pakistan

 

Winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1986. Completed: 1982 Patron: Rais Ghazi Muhammad The Award is made in recognition of a significant attempt by a single individual to create a…

 

October 12, 2011 · Kamil Khan Mumtaz

Reading Masjid Wazir Khan

 

Wazir Khan’s Mosque, in the heart of the Walled City of Lahore, is one of the most thoroughly documented and discussed of our monuments. In 1887, Kipling (John Lockwood, father of Rudyard) discussed…

 

October 8, 2011 · AKDN

Restoration of the Tomb of Shah Rukn-i-Alam (Multan, Pakistan)

 

For the restoration of an important four-teenth-century mausoleum of the Tughluq period in Multan and for its contribution to reviving some of the great crafts of 600 years ago and promoting similar building…

 

October 7, 2011 · AKDN

Yaama Mosque (Yaama, Niger)

 

The mosque is located in the Sahel region of Niger where the economy is based on agricultural production. The construction is realized in the traditional banco technique. It is characterized by a central…

 

October 7, 2011 · AKDN

Mosque of Niono

 

  Niono, Mali, completed 1973. Client: Muslim community of Niono. Designer/master mason: Lassine Minta. The Great Mosque of Niono is an example of such efforts. Lassine Minta, the master mason of the mosque,…

 

October 7, 2011 · Prof. Robert Hillenbrand

The Mosque in the Medieval Islamic World

 

  Why study the mosque? For historians of architecture and culture alike, the answer is gratifyingly simple. This is the Islamic building par excellence, and as such the key to Islamic architecture. Moreover,…

 

4

October 3, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus

 

Also known as Principal (Great) Mosque of Damascus, founded by the Umayyad caliph al-Walid in 706 CE. The Great Mosque stands in the centre of the old city of Damascus on the site…

 

The 3 minarets of the Great Mosque of Damascus: Qaitbay (built 1488), Bride (~9–12th c.) & Jesus (9–13th c.)

October 3, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Damascus – history, arts and architecture

 

Capital city of Syria and one of the chief cities of the Middle East. Damascus is located in southern Syria on the banks of the Barada river. The area of Damascus forms an…

 

Kaaba_Door_1

October 2, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The door of the Kaaba

 

kaaba door kaaba Kaaba hd door of kaaba

 

door

October 2, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid-e-Nabawi)

 

The Mosque of the Prophet was built in 622 by the Muslim community after they reached the city of Yathrib, which would later be called al-Madina al-Muanwara. The mosque was situated next to…

 

2546291292

October 1, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Domes & Arches of Shah Jehan Mosque (Thatta)

 

The Shah Jehan Mosque (Grand Mosque) is located in Thatta (Province of Sindh, PAKISTAN).

 

Taj Mahal

September 14, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Taj Mahal – Refined Elegance

 

The Taj Mahal: Symbol of India, architectural jewel, and monument to a grand passion. We take a closer look at the Taj Mahal and revisit its history – why it was built and…

 

September 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Bukhara – History and Architecture

 

Oasis city in the Republic of Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Bukhara is located in the valley of the Zeravshan river 200 km west of Samarkand. The city was first mentioned by its present name…

 

September 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Al-Saleh Mosque in Yemen

 

The mosque has six minarets 100 meters high, in addition to a number of domes. The main dome is 28 meters in diameter and 22 meters high. The mosque and its accompanying buildings’…

 

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September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Samarra – the Abbasid Capital in Iraq

 

Samarra is now recognized as the largest archaeological site in the world and stretches for over 40 km along the banks of the Tigris. Although there were settlements in the area of Samarra…

 

September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Cairo (Arabic: al-Qahira)

 

Capital of Egypt and one of the most prominent cities of the Islamic world. The English name for the city derives from the French, Le Caire, which in turn is derived from the…

 

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September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Baghdad (Madinat al-Salam)

 

Baghdad was founded by the Abbasid caliph al- Mansur in 762. According to historical accounts al- Mansur built a round city with four gates and a palace and mosque at the centre. Leading…

 

haji_forts

September 9, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Damascus to Aqaba– Guardians of the pilgrim wells (Hajj Forts)

 

Written by David L. Kennedy and Andrew Peterson Since the early 20th century, pilgrims to Makkah have sped to their destination in engine-powered vehicles. But for 13 centuries before that, they experienced very…

 

Al Khazneh (The Treasury) hewn into the sandstone cliff.

September 9, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Architecture & History

 

Small country (88,946 square km) located at the east end of the Mediterranean, bordering Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Jordan can be divided into four main zones, each of which extends into…

 

September 9, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Architecture of Fatehpur Sikri

 

Abandoned city in northern India founded by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571. Fatehpur Sikri derives its name from the village of Sikri which occupied the spot before, the prefix Fatehpur, City of…

 

The Other 1492_Granada

September 8, 2011 · Greg Noakes

The Other 1492

 

Praise be to God, who ordered that he who speaks with pride of Al-Andalus may do so without fear and as boldly as he pleases, nor meet any that may contradict him ……

 

An Islamic History of Europe

September 3, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

An Islamic History of Europe

 

  In this 90-minute documentary, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe’s Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning. Rageh travels across…

 

Suleymaniye Mosque

September 2, 2011 · Foundation For Science Technology and Civisilation

Influence of Acoustic Data in Islamic Architectural Design

 

The results of our investigation to define acoustic properties of Sinan’s mosques proved the abundance of his knowledge and applied technology on acoustics and his ability in utilising them in architectural design. Especially,…

 

Taj Mahal

September 14, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Taj Mahal – Refined Elegance

 

The Taj Mahal: Symbol of India, architectural jewel, and monument to a grand passion. We take a closer look at the Taj Mahal and revisit its history – why it was built and…

 

September 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Bukhara – History and Architecture

 

Oasis city in the Republic of Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Bukhara is located in the valley of the Zeravshan river 200 km west of Samarkand. The city was first mentioned by its present name…

 

September 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Al-Saleh Mosque in Yemen

 

The mosque has six minarets 100 meters high, in addition to a number of domes. The main dome is 28 meters in diameter and 22 meters high. The mosque and its accompanying buildings’…

 

077bfbc34f

September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Samarra – the Abbasid Capital in Iraq

 

Samarra is now recognized as the largest archaeological site in the world and stretches for over 40 km along the banks of the Tigris. Although there were settlements in the area of Samarra…

 

September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Cairo (Arabic: al-Qahira)

 

Capital of Egypt and one of the most prominent cities of the Islamic world. The English name for the city derives from the French, Le Caire, which in turn is derived from the…

 

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September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Baghdad (Madinat al-Salam)

 

Baghdad was founded by the Abbasid caliph al- Mansur in 762. According to historical accounts al- Mansur built a round city with four gates and a palace and mosque at the centre. Leading…

 

haji_forts

September 9, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Damascus to Aqaba– Guardians of the pilgrim wells (Hajj Forts)

 

Written by David L. Kennedy and Andrew Peterson Since the early 20th century, pilgrims to Makkah have sped to their destination in engine-powered vehicles. But for 13 centuries before that, they experienced very…

 

Al Khazneh (The Treasury) hewn into the sandstone cliff.

September 9, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Architecture & History

 

Small country (88,946 square km) located at the east end of the Mediterranean, bordering Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Jordan can be divided into four main zones, each of which extends into…

 

September 9, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Architecture of Fatehpur Sikri

 

Abandoned city in northern India founded by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1571. Fatehpur Sikri derives its name from the village of Sikri which occupied the spot before, the prefix Fatehpur, City of…

 

The Other 1492_Granada

September 8, 2011 · Greg Noakes

The Other 1492

 

Praise be to God, who ordered that he who speaks with pride of Al-Andalus may do so without fear and as boldly as he pleases, nor meet any that may contradict him ……

 

An Islamic History of Europe

September 3, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

An Islamic History of Europe

 

  In this 90-minute documentary, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe’s Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning. Rageh travels across…

 

Suleymaniye Mosque

September 2, 2011 · Foundation For Science Technology and Civisilation

Influence of Acoustic Data in Islamic Architectural Design

 

The results of our investigation to define acoustic properties of Sinan’s mosques proved the abundance of his knowledge and applied technology on acoustics and his ability in utilising them in architectural design. Especially,…

 

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September 2, 2011 · Dr. Saphic Omer

Light as Decorative Medium

 

  The Muslims and their buildings favor light, both symbolically and factually, also because there is nothing simpler, plainer and clearer than the truth. Moreover, there is no better secret to a happy…

 

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August 29, 2011 · Akel Ismail Kahera

Design of Mosques and the problem of esthetics

 

The hegemonic dependence of many Muslims in Europe and America to their cultural origins and history is testimony to the problem of understanding the polemics of Muslim architectural esthetics in the West. Furthermore…

 

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August 24, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Isphahan – the great world heritage

 

Admin Note: Photo copyrights are embedded into each image and the captions represent the views of the photographer and not the author(s) of this blog. isphahan

 

August 20, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Iran’s Islamic Architecture

 

Iranian architecture displays great variety, both structural and aesthetic, developing gradually and coherently out of prior traditions and experience. Without sudden innovations, and despite the repeated trauma of invasions and cultural shocks, it…

 

May 29, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islamic Art from Iran, Egypt, Syria, Turkey & Spain

 

About Yoho Yoho Media is a UK-based film production company, making documentary films for clients around the world. Theye’ve embraced ‘new school’ digital film-making and love working with the Red and Canon 5D…

 

The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum located in the Qatari capital Doha and designed by architect I. M. Pei.

March 25, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar

 

  The museum draws much influence from ancient Islamic architecture yet has a unique design. It was the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf and has a very large collection of…

 

Archway from the Darb-i Imam shrine, Isfahan, Iran (1453 C.E.) with two overlapping girih patterns. Image courtesy of K. Dudley and M. Elliff

March 25, 2011 · Paul Steinhardt

Medieval Islamic Mosaics and Modern Maths

 

by Paul J. Steinhardt The swirling Arabesque ceramic tiles used in medieval Islamic mosaics and architecture were produced using geometry not understood in the West until the 1970s, a new study suggests.  …

 

Islamic Art

March 22, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Arch that never sleeps

 

by Rabah Saoud The original article was published by Dr Rabah Saoud on www.MuslimHeritage.com in May 2002. We present it to our readers in a new format along with a collection of over…

 

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March 22, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islamic Citadel in Busra (Basra)

 

Dr. Eng. Najwa Othman, Architect and Historian, Aleppo-Syria Roads to Busra   This article is part of a series of field visits by our researchers to little known monuments and cities of Heritage….

 

March 22, 2011 · Foundation For Science Technology and Civisilation

The Ottoman Madrassa

 

Plan of the Karatay Madrassa This short article is taken from the full article which is available here as a PDF file   For more than three centuries Muslims used the mosque for…

 

March 22, 2011 · Foundation For Science Technology and Civisilation

Al-Hambra (Alhamra) Palace

 

Summarised extracts from a full article, see resources below, where a homogenous survey on the Architecture of Muslim Spain, end notes, references and bibliography are given. by: Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation….

 

When the Moors (Muslims) Ruled Europe (complete documentary)

March 19, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

When the Moors (Muslims) Ruled Europe (complete documentary)

 

An insightful documentary into the glorious rule of the Moors in Spain Join British historian Bettany Hughes as she examines a long-buried chapter of European history–the rise and fall of Islamic culture in what is…

 

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March 19, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Mosque of Cordoba: La Mezquita

 

The Great Mosque of Córdoba (commonly referred to as La Mezquita) is one of the jewels of Islamic civilisation. It is to Córdoba what the Alhambra Palace is to Granada and the Giralda tower…

 

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March 18, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Sultan Ahmet Cami Mosque (Blue Mosque)

 

Commissioned by Sultan Ahmed (1606-1617), the mosque was built by Mehmet Agha who is said to have toured key Ottoman monuments before he drew the plan of the blue mosque[1]. This can be…

 

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March 18, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Ibn Tulun Mosque

 

Ibn Tulun Mosque is the oldest best preserved mosque in Egypt. It is named after the Emir Ahmed Ibn Tulun, a soldier among the troops of Samara who was promoted to rule Egypt…

 

March 18, 2011 · Malgorzata de Latour Abdalla

Islamic Art in Poland: The Kornik Castle

 

By Malgorzata de Latour-Abdalla* Visitors to Spanish Granada can admire the 14th century splendid Lion Court of Alhambra palace erected by Muhammad Alhamer as a testimony to his greatness but also to his…

 

Minarets of Cairo

March 18, 2011 · John Feeney

The Minarets of Cairo

 

Nowhere in the Muslim world can you find such a profusion of domes and minarets as in Cairo. Rising from the haze of crowded, crumbling streets in the old, chaotic, yet picturesque medieval…

 

Islam The Empire Of Faith (The Real History Of Islam)

March 17, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islam: Empire Of Faith

 

This three-part series covers more than a thousand years of Islamic history and culture, with emphasis on the contributions that Muslims have made in science, medicine, art, philosophy, learning, and trade.   The…

 

March 17, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Grand Mosque Shah Jehan, Thatta

 

The mosque, a heavy brick structure of simple construction built upon a stone plinth, with heavy square pillars and massive walls, is centered around a courtyard 169′ X 97′. The prayer chamber is…

 

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March 17, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Wonders of the Muslim World

 

A series of intimate, 10-minute portraits, explores the lives and beliefs of six young people whose usual places of worship are beautiful and historic mosques across the Muslim world. The films accompany them…

 

FigT04

March 15, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Courtyard Houses of Syria

 

1. Introduction Courtyard housing dates back to the beginning of the third millennium before common era when it appeared in the buildings of Bilad al-Sham and those of the region between the two…

 

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March 15, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 A.D.- East

 

  This calligraphic panel is executed in black (Indian) naskh on a pink paper decorated with gold cloud motifs and pasted to a light blue backing. The poem wishes a ruler (nicknamed the…

 

March 15, 2011 · Pattern in Islamic Art

The Evolution of Style

 

‘One would enquire in vain for the masters who brought this system to its flowering or those who later opened up new ways for its development. This art is totally anonymous and it…

 

Paradise Found: Islamic Architecture and Arts

March 14, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Paradise Found: Islamic Architecture and Arts

 

Paradise Found: A Documentary on Islamic Architecture and Art We imagine many things when we think of this word. However, we do not think about Islamic Architecture, which influenced the art of Europe…

 

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March 12, 2011 · Sheila Blair

Islamic Architecture – Abbasid Period

 

Under theAbbasid caliphate (750–1258), which succeeded the Umayyads (661–750) in 750, the focal point of Islamic political and cultural life shifted eastward from Syria to Iraq, where, in 762, Baghdad, the circular City of Peace…

 

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March 9, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Abu Dhabi

 

The mosque is named after Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, the late ruler and founder of the United Arab Emirates, and is a building of extraordinary dimensions: it is the third largest…

 

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March 7, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

When Spain was Islamic

 

Considering Spain was ruled for – in some parts – up to 800 years by the Moors, it’s no surprise that lasting remnants of Spain’s Islamic past are present in everything from gastronomy…

 

Cities

Registan Square. Photo by Muzaffar Bukhari - CC License

January 15, 2014 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Registan Square

 

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Registan means “Sandy place” in Persian. It was a public square, where people gathered to hear…

 

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October 26, 2013 · Marina Alin

Baku – Arabesque in stone

 

Stone decoration of Baku architecture is superb. It is here when ancient craft of stone carving serves Islamic art showing the great level of craftsmanship and an elegance of artistic expression.

 

Karanaq, Yazd, Irán. Photo by Sergi Hill - CC License.

September 20, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

A pictorial tour of Yazd

 

Yazd, an  architecturally unique city.     Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazd

 

The Khwaju Bridge, from Pascal Coste,  Les Monuments modernes de la Perse (1867) . The central feature, set on a wider footing, helped the bridge to resist the pressure of the water.

September 7, 2013 · Henri Stierlin

Bridges of Isfahan

 

Isfahan grew up next to the Zayandeh Rud, which feeds the oasis where people had first settled in prehistoric times. To carry the line of the Chahar Bagh across the river, Shah ‘Abbas…

 

Dar al Hajar

October 12, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Dar al Hajar – The Rock House

 

There are a fair number of countries which can be identified by a single iconic landmark. When one thinks of France, the image of the Eiffel Tower often comes to mind. Dar al…

 

Photo by A Katabah

September 19, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Morrocan Pavillian in Putrajaya, Malaysia

 

In recreating the Moroccan ambience for the contemporary scene, the Astaka Morocco, set to become a prominent landmark in Putrajaya, showcases the unique Moroccan and Moorish architecture, which is incidentally believed to be first of its kind in the ASEAN region.Development of the Astaka Morocco is an idea mooted by the Malaysian Government. Construction of the building symbolizes the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries especially with its people and culture.

 

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September 8, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Ornate Alhambra

 

A pictorial tour of the intricate and ornate architecture of Alhambra.

 

Imam Mosque, Isfahan

May 18, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Walls of Isfahan

 

  Related articles Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran (islamic-arts.org) Jameh Mosque of Isfahan (islamic-arts.org) Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque (islamic-arts.org) schematic Isfahan Imam square

 

Jameh Mosque, Yazd

May 9, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Walls of Yazd, Iran

 

Yazd is of foremost importance as a centre of fine Persian mosaics and beautiful architecture. The Yazd walls demonstrate a visual continuity in color, scale and form with the built fabric of the…

 

Kasbah of Telouet

April 30, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Kasbah of Telouet

 

The Kasbah, architecturally speaking, are imposing buildings with a square base and towers that rise above the height of the perimeter walls. The kasbah are composed of bricks made of clay mixed with water…

 

The intricate marble and stone facade of Qa'it Bay sabil.

April 29, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Qa’it Bay Sabil in Cairo

 

The splendor of Cairo’s sabils probably reached its height with that of the illustrious Sultan Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay, who ruled from 1468 to 1496. Very large for a sabil, Qa’it Bay’s…

 

The House of Wisdom Baghdad

January 20, 2012 · Barry Hoberman

From Cuneiform to Topkapi

 

In the Islamic world, where reading and literacy have always been highly prized for the access they provide to the word of God and the world of knowledge, books were objects of both…

 

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January 15, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Cairo’s Islamic Architecture – 7th to 18th Centuries

 

  Mosque of Ali mad ibn Tulun, interior of the maqsura, 9th century. Gypsum and ash pillars accentuate the domed mihrab. The mosque, inspired by the great mosque of Samarra in the patron’s…

 

Mosque of Ibn Tulun

January 10, 2012 · John Feeney

Cairo – A City Adorned

 

From the late ninth century well into the 15th, mosques built as prestige projects were the most spectacular buildings in Cairo. Locals, pilgrims on their way to Makkah and even Christian pilgrims were…

 

Ramparts of the Aleppo Citadel

January 7, 2012 · Julia Gonnella

Aleppo – Architecture and History

 

“The city is as old as eternity, but still young, and it has never ceased to exist. Its days and nights have been long; it has survived its rulers and commoners. These are…

 

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January 4, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Through the lens of Peter Sanders

 

All Photographs by Peter Sanders © 2012 PETER SANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY LTD  Makkah Madinah   Saudi Arabia   Jerusalem   Turkey   Spain   Morocco   Iran   China   Japan   Malaysia  …

 

Figure 1: A tracing of the Panr relief, an architectural fragment from Lower Swat, carved between the first and third centuries.

January 3, 2012 · Doris Meth Srinivasan

The Tenacity of Tradition: Art From the Valley of Swat

 

High in the rugged mountains of northwest Pakistan lies the Valley of Swat. The river of the same name runs through it. In ancient texts, the Swat River is called Suvastu, meaning “good dwelling…

 

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December 22, 2011 · UNESCO

Old Walled City of Shibam

 

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise…

 

Mud Brick Skyscappers Shibam, Hadramawt

December 22, 2011 · Jean Francois Breto

Manhattan in the Hadramaut

 

At the end of December 1984, UNESCO – the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization – issued a plea to the world to save another national treasure from disintegration: the mud-brick “skyscrapers”…

 

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December 21, 2011 · Eric Hansen

Sana’a Rising – “a Venice built on sand.”

 

In mid-February 1978, on my first morning in Sana‘a, I woke up before first light. Illuminated by the flame of a single bedside candle, the undulating overhead ceiling beams, plastered in white gypsum,…

 

Cairo, street and mosque near the citadel. Count Atnadeo Preziosi,C1850

December 14, 2011 · Jennier M. Scarce

Domestic Culture of Cities in the Middle East (16th to 19th century)

 

This article invites the reader to enter and enjoy wealthy urban homes in Turkey, Egypt and Iran between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. This was a period of flourishing traditional culture and also of…

 

The 3 minarets of the Great Mosque of Damascus: Qaitbay (built 1488), Bride (~9–12th c.) & Jesus (9–13th c.)

October 3, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Damascus – history, arts and architecture

 

Capital city of Syria and one of the chief cities of the Middle East. Damascus is located in southern Syria on the banks of the Barada river. The area of Damascus forms an…

 

September 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Bukhara – History and Architecture

 

Oasis city in the Republic of Uzbekistan, Central Asia. Bukhara is located in the valley of the Zeravshan river 200 km west of Samarkand. The city was first mentioned by its present name…

 

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September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Samarra – the Abbasid Capital in Iraq

 

Samarra is now recognized as the largest archaeological site in the world and stretches for over 40 km along the banks of the Tigris. Although there were settlements in the area of Samarra…

 

September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Cairo (Arabic: al-Qahira)

 

Capital of Egypt and one of the most prominent cities of the Islamic world. The English name for the city derives from the French, Le Caire, which in turn is derived from the…

 

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September 13, 2011 · Andrew Petersen

Baghdad (Madinat al-Salam)

 

Baghdad was founded by the Abbasid caliph al- Mansur in 762. According to historical accounts al- Mansur built a round city with four gates and a palace and mosque at the centre. Leading

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October 18, 2013 · Marina Alin

Biomorphic patterns in Islamic art – Tracing the origin

 

Islamic biomorphic patterns are usually called arabesques. The term ‘arabesque’ is relatively new; it came to Europe after Napoleon’s campaign in Africa. “In a broad sense of this term, the arabesque includes ornamentation…

 

Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca

September 26, 2013 · The Walters Art Museum

Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca

 

The three lines of Arabic writing in the upper part of this large, ceramic wall tile are from the third chapter of the Qur’an, and exhort the Muslim faithful to make the pilgrimage…

 

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February 24, 2013 · islamic-arts.org Team

Mosque lamp with cloisonné enamel decoration

 

As early as the 9th century, a large number of products were made in China for export to the Islamic world. Porcelain and textiles were the most important trade goods, but refined works…

 

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March 30, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Enamelled Glass, Mosque Lamps

 

Mosque lamps of glass, enamelled and often with gilding, survive in considerable numbers from the Islamic art of the Middle Ages, especially the 13th and 14th centuries, with Cairo in Egypt and Aleppo and Damascus in Syria as the most important centres of production. These are oil…

 

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January 31, 2012 · HAFIZ Foundation

The Farjam Collection of Islamic Art

 

The Farjam Collection is one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today. Featuring Islamic and pre-Islamic art, Contemporary Middle-Eastern art and International Modern and Contemporary Art, the Collection is born…

 

Chinese Art

January 3, 2012 · Lucien de Guise

From Middle East to Middle Kingdom

 

In contrast, the appreciation of Chinese–Islamic works has been negligible. For collectors of traditional Chinese art, these works are not Chinese enough; for Islamic-art collectors, they seem too alien to be considered truly…

 

Exquisitely worked with filigree and granulation, two Yemeni amulet cases hark back to pre-Islamic folk traditions.

January 3, 2012 · Anne Mullin Burnham

Silver Speaks

 

Throughout the Middle East, Silver, jewellery speaks about the lives of women and girls and the talents of artisans. It provides a window into social status, religion, regional identities and changing lives in…

 

December 10, 2011 · Louis Werner

Zillij in Fez

 

Zillij is an Islamic art that is based on learning, discipline, and faith. The geometric patterns reflect the Islamic belief that life is ordered by cosmic intelligence, even if people cannot always understand…

 

October 11, 2011 · Victoria and Albert Museum

Design of the Ardabil Carpet (1539-1540)

 

The entire surface of the Ardabil carpet is covered by a single integrated design – an impressive feat in view of the great size of the carpet. The basic design is relatively simple,…

 

Khusrau Hunting: Page from a manuscript of the Khusrau and Shirin of Hatifi, dated 1498; Ottoman Turkey (probably Istanbul).

October 9, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art of the Ottomans (before 1600)

 

At the time of its foundation in the early fourteenth century, the Osmanli or Ottoman state was one among many small principalities that emerged as a result of the disintegration of the Seljuq sultanate…

 

September 29, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Album leaf with a Shii invocation, 17th century

 

This leaf of fine nastaliq calligraphy was conceived as an artistic endeavor, in which the writing is integrated with the ornamental background. The decorative technique of marbleizing paper spread from Iran to Turkey…

 

Leaf from Futuh al-Haramain (Description of the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina), mid-16th century; Ottoman Probably Turkey, Ink, colors, and gold on paper, 8 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. (21.3 x 13.3 cm)

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from Futuh al-Haramain

 

(Description of the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina) Futuh al-Haramain is an example of a genre of religious writing devoted to the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage. It serves as a guide to pilgrims…

 

Woven Tapestry Fragment, 8th century; Umayyad Period, Iran or Iraq, Wool, 12 x 18 3/4 in. (30.5 x 47.6 cm)

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

8th Century Woven Tapestry

 

This fragment of tapestry-woven cloth demonstrates the dependence of early Islamic art on traditions that predate the advent of Islam in the Middle East. Here, the influence comes from Sasanian art in Iran….

 

Leaf from the Shahnama (Book of Kings), 14th century; Ilkhanid Firdausi, Author Iraq or Iran Ink, colors, and gold on paper

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from the Shahnama (Book of Kings)

 

The legendary death of the Sasanian king Yazdegerd I—who was said to have been kicked by a horse that magically emerged from a spring—is charmingly depicted in this leaf from a dispersed manuscript…

 

Rosette (shamsa) bearing the name and titles of Emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58), Mughal, 17th century Attributed to India Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rosette (shamsa)

 

This shamsa is an exquisite example of the art of illumination in the Mughal period. The profusion and gem-like detail of the floral decoration of the rosette, set along scrolling vines, can be…

 

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vegetal Patterns in Islamic Art

 

With the exception of the garden and its usual reference to paradise, vegetal motifs and patterns in Islamic art are largely devoid of symbolic meaning. Vegetal patterns employed alone or in combination with…

 

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September 2, 2011 · Dr. Saphic Omer

Light as Decorative Medium

 

  The Muslims and their buildings favor light, both symbolically and factually, also because there is nothing simpler, plainer and clearer than the truth. Moreover, there is no better secret to a happy…

 

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September 2, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Paper and Ink Prayer Mat

 

Made to fit the size of an actual Muslim prayer carpet, this piece is drawn only with black Bic pencils. Painstakingly detailed, it explores different ways and patterns to create a unique whole…

 

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August 26, 2011 · Sardar Marika

Carpets from the Islamic World

 

Under the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal dynasties, carpet weaving was transformed from a minor craft based on patterns passed down from generation to generation into a statewide industry with patterns created in court…

 

Qur'an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492), second half of 15th century. Spain

August 5, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Qur’an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492)

 

Qur’an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492), second half of 15th century. Spain This small Qur’an case, a quintessential devotional and amuletic object, is inscribed with the Nasrid dynastic emblem: “There is no conqueror but…

 

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August 5, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Amulets and Talismans from the Islamic World

 

A talisman is any object that is imbued with protective powers, and all cultures have manifestations of such objects. In the world of Islam, they bear Qur’anic inscriptions, astrological signs, and religious narratives….

 

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March 16, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Nature of Islamic Art

 

The term Islamic art not only describes the art created specifically in the service of the Muslim faith (for example, a mosque and its furnishings) but also characterizes the art and architecture historically…

 

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March 9, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Sheikh Zayed Mosque – Abu Dhabi

 

The mosque is named after Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, the late ruler and founder of the United Arab Emirates, and is a building of extraordinary dimensions: it is the third largest…

 

March 8, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Doris Dukes Shangri La – Center for Islamic Arts and Culture

 

The collection at Shangri La consists of about 3,500 objects, within which are several distinct sub-collections that shed light on Islam, Islamic cultures and Islamic art, among other traditions. Below are links to…

 

Manuscripts

Illuminated Incipit with Headpiece for Chapter 19

September 26, 2013 · The Walters Art Museum

18th Century Qur’an in Maghribi Script

 

This manuscript, Walters W.568, is a fragment of the Qur’an, consisting of chapters 19 (Surat Maryam) through 23 (Surat al-mu’minun).

 

September 26, 2013 · The Walters Art Museum

Illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an

 

A large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the 9th century AH/AD 15th.

 

Manuscript of a Sulawesi Qur’an.

April 3, 2012 · Sheila Canby

The Qur’an

 

As the word of God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the verses of the Qur’an are canonical and cannot be changed. Because of the centrality of the Qur’an to the religion of Islam, copying all or some of its verses in any medium is considered a pious act. Over time a wide variety of styles of writing Arabic script developed, but not all of these were considered appropriate for copying Qur’ans. Qur’an manuscripts from the first two centuries of Islam were written on parchment in an angular style called Kufic after the Iraqi city of Kufa, an early Muslim capital.

 

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March 24, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Kitab-i Bahriye (Book of the Sea)

 

Originally composed in 932 AH / 1525 CE and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I (“The Magnificent”), this great work by Piri Reis (d. 962 AH / 1555 CE) on navigation was later revised and expanded. The present manuscript, made mostly in the late 11th century AH / 17th CE, is based on the later expanded version and has approximately 240 exquisitely executed maps and portolan charts.

 

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March 13, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Album of Ottoman Calligraphy

 

This album (muraqqaʿ) of calligraphy in an accordion format was compiled in Ottoman Turkey in the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. It consists of leaves bearing fragmentary passages from the Qur’an (chapter…

 

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March 13, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

A 16th Century Ottoman Atlas

 

It is an early Ottoman atlas, perhaps dating to the 10th century AH/AD 16th. The work contains 8 double-page charts executed on parchment. Four of the maps show the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black…

 

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January 31, 2012 · HAFIZ Foundation

The Farjam Collection of Islamic Art

 

The Farjam Collection is one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today. Featuring Islamic and pre-Islamic art, Contemporary Middle-Eastern art and International Modern and Contemporary Art, the Collection is born…

 

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January 25, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Morgan Treasures of Islamic Manuscripts

 

It was at the urging of his librarian, Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950), that Pierpont Morgan purchased the core of his Islamic collection in 1911 and 1912. Greene had become Morgan’s librarian in…

 

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January 25, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Fragments of a 9th Century Quran

 

al-Qurʼān (ajzāʼ) Fragments of an Abbasid Qurʼān, probably written in the third century A.H / ninth century C.E., containing verses from the suras: al-Dhārīyāt (سورة الذاريات),al-Ṭūr (سورة الطور), al-Najm (سورة النجم), al-Qamar (سورة القمر), and al-Raḥmān (سورة…

 

Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

January 3, 2012 · Deirdre Lawrence

Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

 

One of the great feelings I experience at the Brooklyn Museum is when I see a true connection between the Library and art collections here. This connection was felt recently at a public…

 

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October 20, 2011 · Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Arts

Smithsonian Museum’s Folio & Manuscript Collection

 

The Freer and Sackler galleries have one of the finest collections of Islamic art in the United States, with particular strengths in ceramics and illustrated manuscripts.

 

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October 20, 2011 · Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Arts

Smithsonian collection of Qur’anic manuscripts

 

A collection of 9th–19th-century Korans (intact volumes and detached folios) from Iran, the Arab world, and Turkey at the Freer and Sackler galleries of Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art. Folio from a Koran…

 

Page from a Manuscript of the Quran (78:20-30)

October 18, 2011 · Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA Collection of Islamic Calligraphy

 

Calligraphic Artwork at LACMA. Click on any image for more details. 

 

October 10, 2011 · Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım

Turning the pages of an Ottoman illustrated manuscript

 

This essay is the 2004 Winner of the Margaret B. Sevcenko Prize in Islamic Art and Culture This paper focuses on an Ottoman illustrated manuscript copied in 1498-99, which is now in the…

 

Page from an Album of Calligraphies of Prophetic Traditions (Hadith), ca. 1500; Ottoman Signed by Hamdullah ibn Mustafa Dede Turkey (Istanbul)

October 9, 2011 · Sardar Marika

Arts of the book – 1600-1800

 

The technical aspects of calligraphy, painting, and bookbinding are important facets of the study of Islamic art. Treatises by sixteenth-century Persian authors Qazi Ahmed and Sadiqi Beq are the major sources on the…

 

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September 29, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Shah Jehan (Emperor’s) Album

 

The Shah Jahan Album, also known as the Emperor’s Album or Kevorkian Album, features fifty illustrated and calligraphy folios, forty-one of which belong to the Metropolitan Museum, and nine of which reside in…

 

Leaf from a Qur'an manuscript, late 9th–10th century, Possibly Syria, Ink, gold, and colors on vellum

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from a Qur’an manuscript, late 9th–10th century

 

This page is from a dispersed manuscript, many folios of which once belonged to the scholar R. M. Riefstahl. The angular kufic script is moderated by the roundness of several letters that look…

 

Leaf from Futuh al-Haramain (Description of the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina), mid-16th century; Ottoman Probably Turkey, Ink, colors, and gold on paper, 8 3/8 x 5 1/4 in. (21.3 x 13.3 cm)

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from Futuh al-Haramain

 

(Description of the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina) Futuh al-Haramain is an example of a genre of religious writing devoted to the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage. It serves as a guide to pilgrims…

 

Leaf from the Shahnama (Book of Kings), 14th century; Ilkhanid Firdausi, Author Iraq or Iran Ink, colors, and gold on paper

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from the Shahnama (Book of Kings)

 

The legendary death of the Sasanian king Yazdegerd I—who was said to have been kicked by a horse that magically emerged from a spring—is charmingly depicted in this leaf from a dispersed manuscript…

 

Rosette (shamsa) bearing the name and titles of Emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58), Mughal, 17th century Attributed to India Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rosette (shamsa)

 

This shamsa is an exquisite example of the art of illumination in the Mughal period. The profusion and gem-like detail of the floral decoration of the rosette, set along scrolling vines, can be…

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INKMAN – Djerbahood Project (Djerba, Tunisia) [Photo Credit: Galerie Itinerrance / Aline Deschamps]

June 9, 2015 · Janet Kozak

Calligraffiti Art

 

Calligraffiti, as some of these artists call it, is a unique blend of traditional scripts and designs mixed with modern materials and techniques.

 

Illuminated Incipit with Headpiece for Chapter 19

September 26, 2013 · The Walters Art Museum

18th Century Qur’an in Maghribi Script

 

This manuscript, Walters W.568, is a fragment of the Qur’an, consisting of chapters 19 (Surat Maryam) through 23 (Surat al-mu’minun).

 

September 26, 2013 · The Walters Art Museum

Illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an

 

A large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the 9th century AH/AD 15th.

 

Fig 1: Bursa?/Turkey; dated 1289 H/1872 -73 CE. On the right side below the dervish cap of the Mevlevi order stands  a religious invocation which is mirrored on the left side. The Mevlevis cultivate poetry and other arts in addition to calligraphy.

September 5, 2013 · JURGEN WASIM FREMBGEN

Calligraphy from Ottoman Dervish Lodges

 

Alongside the art of the book, which was promoted by rulers at their courts and by religious scholars in mosques and Qur’an schools, Arabic calligraphy was also cultivated in the context of everyday…

 

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April 28, 2012 · David James

Calligraphy – the geometry of the spirit

 

This article appeared on pages 16-27 of the September/October 1989 print edition of Saudi Aramco World. Islamic calligraphy is without doubt the most original contribution of Islam to the visual arts, yet it is only…

 

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April 25, 2012 · stefan.heidemann

Calligraphy on Islamic Coins

 

Introduction Western coinages in the Hellenistic tradition are praised for the beauty of their images complementing perfectly the circular space. The art of the portrait flowered in particular in the Hellenistic world, the…

 

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April 24, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

 

Following Images are from “Calligraphie Arabe Vivante”  by Hassan Massoudy (1981 edition)   Hassan Massoudy is an artist for whom the word itself remains the most sublime creative force.  His creations are a subtle…

 

Workers embroider the Kiswa

April 21, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Making of Kiswa

 

Throughout Islamic history, it has been considered a great honor to be able to perform a service to the Ka`bah, in the Sacred Mosque in Makkah. One of these services, performed by both…

 

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April 20, 2012 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Calligraphic Galleon, 1766 AD

 

Flanked by two other galleons on the horizon, this carefully drawn imperial calligraphic galleon sits on a row of waves containing aphorisms. The imperial galleon with its wind-filled sails is an example of…

 

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April 14, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Illuminated Calligraphy

 

Ink, gouache and gold on paper, 6 lines of fine nasta’liq script in black ink within cloud bands filled with interlacing vines, and interspersed with polychrome flowers, headpiece with panels of coloured and…

 

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March 13, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Album of Ottoman Calligraphy

 

This album (muraqqaʿ) of calligraphy in an accordion format was compiled in Ottoman Turkey in the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. It consists of leaves bearing fragmentary passages from the Qur’an (chapter…

 

Tughra of Suleiman the magnficient

February 14, 2012 · Neil MacGregor

Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent

 

Calligraphy, from Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey AD 1520–1566 Between about 1350 and 1550 great swathes of the world were occupied by the superpowers of their day – from the Inca in South America to the…

 

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January 31, 2012 · HAFIZ Foundation

The Farjam Collection of Islamic Art

 

The Farjam Collection is one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today. Featuring Islamic and pre-Islamic art, Contemporary Middle-Eastern art and International Modern and Contemporary Art, the Collection is born…

 

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January 26, 2012 · Kristyan Sarkis

Arabic Calligraphy and Type Design

 

This article presents the Diwani style of Arabic which lead to designing Thuraya, a contemporary yet faithful interpretation of the Diwani style with extensive calligraphic features. Arabic calligraphy is undoubtedly one of the…

 

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January 5, 2012 · Sheldon Chad

Shodo Arabi – the way of Arabic writing

 

nside the Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo, 15 students of calligraphy raptly practice writing verses from the Qur’an. Yet when the call to prayer is heard, few stir. The instructors and students are…

 

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January 3, 2012 · Lucien de Guise

From Middle East to Middle Kingdom

 

In contrast, the appreciation of Chinese–Islamic works has been negligible. For collectors of traditional Chinese art, these works are not Chinese enough; for Islamic-art collectors, they seem too alien to be considered truly…

 

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January 2, 2012 · Kamil Khan Mumtaz

Traditional Calligraphy & Modern Art

 

This paper discusses the traditional art of calligraphy in the contemporary cultural context, with particular reference to recent efforts on the one hand to “modernize Islamic calligraphy” and on the other hand to…

 

Tile with Arabic inscription, Iran, about 1215. Museum no. 1481-1876

December 16, 2011 · Victoria and Albert Museum

Calligraphy in Islamic art – beyond pen and paper

 

The development of sophisticated calligraphy as an art form is not unique to Islamic culture. Other examples include Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and illuminated bibles from north-west Europe including the famous Book of…

 

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December 6, 2011 · Iftikhar Dadi

Sadequain and Calligraphic Modernism

 

This article examines the career of the immensely productive Sadequain Naqqash (1930-87), Pakistan’s most celebrated art­is

 

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November 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

SADEQUAIN’S Calligraphy

 

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Pakistani Awards), also often referred to as Sadequain Naqqash, was a world-renowned Pakistani artist, best known for his skills as a calligrapher and a…

 

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October 20, 2011 · Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Arts

Smithsonian collection of Qur’anic manuscripts

 

A collection of 9th–19th-century Korans (intact volumes and detached folios) from Iran, the Arab world, and Turkey at the Freer and Sackler galleries of Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art. Folio from a Koran…

 

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October 18, 2011 · Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA Collection of Islamic Calligraphy

 

Calligraphic Artwork at LACMA. Click on any image for more details. 

 

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October 14, 2011 · Annemarie Schimmel

Styles of Calligraphy

 

From the book – ‘Calligraphy and Islamic Culture’. Come, O pen of composition and write letters. In the name of the Writer of the Well-preserved Tablet and the Pen!1 Thus begins a sixteenth-century…

 

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September 29, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Shah Jehan (Emperor’s) Album

 

The Shah Jahan Album, also known as the Emperor’s Album or Kevorkian Album, features fifty illustrated and calligraphy folios, forty-one of which belong to the Metropolitan Museum, and nine of which reside in…

 

September 29, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Album leaf with a Shii invocation, 17th century

 

This leaf of fine nastaliq calligraphy was conceived as an artistic endeavor, in which the writing is integrated with the ornamental background. The decorative technique of marbleizing paper spread from Iran to Turkey…

 

Leaf from a Qur'an manuscript, late 9th–10th century, Possibly Syria, Ink, gold, and colors on vellum

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from a Qur’an manuscript, late 9th–10th century

 

This page is from a dispersed manuscript, many folios of which once belonged to the scholar R. M. Riefstahl. The angular kufic script is moderated by the roundness of several letters that look…

 

Textile fragment, late 10th century; cAbbasid, Probably Iraq, Cotton, plain weave with painted inscription

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Textile fragment, late 10th century

 

Cotton textiles from the eastern Islamic world were often inexpensively decorated with simple painted brushstrokes. The painted surface decoration of these textiles imitates the more luxurious type with embroidered silk inscriptions and also…

 

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September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from an Arabic translation of the Materia Medica of Dioscorides

 

This folio is painted in the lively and appealing style of the Baghdad School: bright colors, sprightly figures in contemporary local dress, and a balanced, bilaterally symmetrical composition. The neutral color of the…

 

Leaf from the Shahnama (Book of Kings), 14th century; Ilkhanid Firdausi, Author Iraq or Iran Ink, colors, and gold on paper

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Leaf from the Shahnama (Book of Kings)

 

The legendary death of the Sasanian king Yazdegerd I—who was said to have been kicked by a horse that magically emerged from a spring—is charmingly depicted in this leaf from a dispersed manuscript…

 

Marriage certificate of the last Mughal ruler, Bahadur Shah II (r. 1837-57) to Zinat Mahal Begam, on 18 November 1840. Details In this kabin-nama, marriage contract, bridegroom agreed to pay a kabin (jointure or settlement) of 1,500,000 current rupees, of which one-third is to be paid immediately and two-thirds at any time during their married life, and that the marriage took place in the presence of two free, adult and righteous witnesses.

September 9, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Marriage Certificate of the Last Mughal Emperor of India

 

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August 26, 2011 · Paul Lunde

From the Pen of a Master

 

Calligraphy is the supreme art form of the Islamic world; even the other Islamic arts – architecture, metal work, ceramics, glass and textiles – draw on calligraphy as their principal source of embellishment. This…

 

August 26, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Modern Arabic Calligraphy Works

 

  Arabic Calligraphy artworks designed by famous teachers and designers. Calligraphy Prints by Imran Ashraf Turkish Islamic Calligraphy by Ottoman Calligraphy Arabic Calligraphy by The Fontmaker Religious Calligraphy by Sheharzad Arshad Religious Calligraphy…

 

August 25, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Arabic Calligraphy

 

Wisdom reveals herself in the dialect of the Greeks, the craftsmanship of the Chinese, and the language of the Arabs. (Arab Proverb) For nearly 14 centuries, calligraphy has been the most important medium…

 

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August 5, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Amulet 11th Century

 

Centuries before block printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur’anic verses that were kept in amulet boxes….

 

August 5, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Tools and Materials of the Calligrapher

 

Beyond the years of training and practice required to master the varied Arabic scripts, calligraphers devoted long hours to producing the pens, inks, and colorants required for their art, and to modifying these…

 

March 16, 2011 · Siddiqua Shahnawaz

Enduring Forms of Islamic Art: Calligraphy – An Islamic Heritage

 

By: Siddiqua Shahnawaz   Any architectural work has both a functional and an artistic dimension, which are : 1) An immediate physical context that determines the style, and 2) A wider social, cultural…

 

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March 15, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 A.D.- East

 

  This calligraphic panel is executed in black (Indian) naskh on a pink paper decorated with gold cloud motifs and pasted to a light blue backing. The poem wishes a ruler (nicknamed the…

 

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March 14, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 – West

 

Calligraphy from the Ottoman empire and other places in the western Muslim world. This single panel praises Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law ‘Ali and his famous double-edged sword Dhu al-Fiqar. This calligraphic sheet states that…

 

March 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islamic Calligraphy – 1250 to 1450 A.D.

 

  Written in a bold muhaqqaq script with the word Allah in gold, this page is from chapter three of the Koran (the House of Imran), verses 79 and 80. The passage stresses…

 

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March 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Islamic Calligraphy – 600 to 1250 A.D.

 

  This fragment includes verses from the 17th chapter of the Koran entitled Bani Isra’il (the Children of Israel) or al-Isra’ (the Night Journey). Calligrapher unknown. 9th century. 7.5 x 4 cm. Kufic…

 

March 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Haji Noor Deen – a Chinese Muslim Calligrapher

 

  Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang is a renowned master of Arabic calligraphy. Born in 1963 in Shangdong province, China, he brings an immense learning in traditional thought and Islamic art to…

 

March 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Arabic Calligraphy – a bit of inspiration

 

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April 26, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

Around the World with Nusret Colpan

 

Nusret Çolpan (October 1, 1952 – May 31, 2008) was a Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist, renowned for his paintings in Ottoman miniature style depicting cities around the world, particularly Istanbul. He painted over 300 miniatures in his 30…

 

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November 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

SADEQUAIN’S Calligraphy

 

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Pakistani Awards), also often referred to as Sadequain Naqqash, was a world-renowned Pakistani artist, best known for his skills as a calligrapher and a…

 

March 13, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Arabic Calligraphy – a bit of inspiration

 

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Objects & Ornaments

13. Pyxis, Cordova, Spain, 950-75 AD, Metropolitan Museum of Art.Tree of life composition

October 18, 2013 · Marina Alin

Biomorphic patterns in Islamic art – Tracing the origin

 

Islamic biomorphic patterns are usually called arabesques. The term ‘arabesque’ is relatively new; it came to Europe after Napoleon’s campaign in Africa. “In a broad sense of this term, the arabesque includes ornamentation…

 

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March 30, 2012 · islamic-arts.org Team

The Enamelled Glass, Mosque Lamps

 

Mosque lamps of glass, enamelled and often with gilding, survive in considerable numbers from the Islamic art of the Middle Ages, especially the 13th and 14th centuries, with Cairo in Egypt and Aleppo and Damascus in Syria as the most important centres of production. These are oil…

 

Dish with stylized vegetal decoration. Iran, Kirman (?), second half of the 17th century Stonepaste, underglaze painted and colored slip decoration H. 8.2 cm; Max. Diam. 47 cm; Base Diam. 27 cm.

October 15, 2011 · Louvre Museum

Safavid Ceramics and Tiles

 

The complex history of Safavid ceramics is due in part to the geographical position of Persia, placed as it was between the Ottoman Empire, the lands of Uzbek rulers, the Mughal empire and…

 

Khusrau Hunting: Page from a manuscript of the Khusrau and Shirin of Hatifi, dated 1498; Ottoman Turkey (probably Istanbul).

October 9, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art of the Ottomans (before 1600)

 

At the time of its foundation in the early fourteenth century, the Osmanli or Ottoman state was one among many small principalities that emerged as a result of the disintegration of the Seljuq sultanate…

 

Qur'an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492), second half of 15th century. Spain

August 5, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Qur’an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492)

 

Qur’an case, Nasrid period (1232–1492), second half of 15th century. Spain This small Qur’an case, a quintessential devotional and amuletic object, is inscribed with the Nasrid dynastic emblem: “There is no conqueror but…

 

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August 5, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Amulets and Talismans from the Islamic World

 

A talisman is any object that is imbued with protective powers, and all cultures have manifestations of such objects. In the world of Islam, they bear Qur’anic inscriptions, astrological signs, and religious narratives….

 

March 22, 2011 · Foundation For Science Technology and Civisilation

Introduction to Muslim Art and Ornaments

 

This short article is taken from the full article which is available here as a PDF file Muslim art differs from the art of other cultures in the form and material as well…

 

March 8, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Doris Dukes Shangri La – Center for Islamic Arts and Culture

 

The collection at Shangri La consists of about 3,500 objects, within which are several distinct sub-collections that shed light on Islam, Islamic cultures and Islamic art, among other traditions. Below are links to…

 

March 7, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Early Medieval Dynasties in The West: Fatimids, Ayyubids

 

As Abbasid authority weakened, the Shi’ite Fatimid dynasty (909−1171)—claiming descent from Fatima, daughter of the Prophet and wife of Ali—rose to power in North Africa. They expanded into Egypt and Syria, and in…

 

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March 7, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

An Italian Portrait of Mehmet–the Conqueror

 

Invented in Iraq in the ninth century, the luster technique enjoyed long and wide popularity. Egypt, Syria, Iran, and Islamic-controlled Spain all developed important centers for luster production—and so eventually did Renaissance Italy….

 

March 7, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Mamluk Sultan

 

For many centuries, metalwork was a leading art form that influenced decoration in other media. Inlay with gold or silver seems to have become common from the twelfth century, spreading westward from Seljuk…

 

March 7, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

The “LUCK OF EDENHALL”

 

The beaker was probably made in Aleppo, Syria, but its fame occurred on English soil, where it had been taken by a returning Crusader. The quality of Syrian glass was renowned; in Europe…

 

Patterns & Geometry

October 13, 2014 · Janet Kozak

Aniconism in Islamic Art

 

The great majority of visual Islamic Art and Architecture is devoid of the depiction of realistic human and animal figures. But why is this? Why and how does Islam promote aniconism?

 

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May 20, 2012 · Sebastian R. Prange

Tiles of Infinity

 

 When Peter J. Lu visited Uzbekistan as a Harvard University graduate student in 2005, he found himself unexpectedly captivated by the complex tile patterns of a 15-th century Madrasa, or Islamic religious school,…

 

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December 14, 2011 · Najib Gedal

The Great Mosque of Cordoba: Geometric Analysis

 

Ilm al-Miqdar (The science of proportion) is a body of knowledge concerned principally with the study of spatial order through the measure and relationships of forms. Prior to being considered solely as a…

 

December 10, 2011 · Louis Werner

Zillij in Fez

 

Zillij is an Islamic art that is based on learning, discipline, and faith. The geometric patterns reflect the Islamic belief that life is ordered by cosmic intelligence, even if people cannot always understand…

 

Assembly with octagons connected to a common vertex

October 17, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

A World of Stars – Decorative Art in Morocco

 

Eight Pointed Stars This text has been taken from the book Arabesques – decorative art in Morocco by Jean-Marc Caste´ra; Franc¸oise Peuriot; Philippe Ploquin; Kirk McElhearn. Translation from French to English was carried…

 

September 28, 2011 · Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vegetal Patterns in Islamic Art

 

With the exception of the garden and its usual reference to paradise, vegetal motifs and patterns in Islamic art are largely devoid of symbolic meaning. Vegetal patterns employed alone or in combination with…

 

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September 2, 2011 · islamic-arts.org Team

Paper and Ink Prayer Mat

 

Made to fit the size of an actual Muslim prayer carpet, this piece is drawn only with black Bic pencils. Painstakingly detailed, it explores different ways and patterns to create a unique whole…

 

Archway from the Darb-i Imam shrine, Isfahan, Iran (1453 C.E.) with two overlapping girih patterns. Image courtesy of K. Dudley and M. Elliff

March 25, 2011 · Paul Steinhardt

Medieval Islamic Mosaics and Modern Maths

 

by Paul J. Steinhardt The swirling Arabesque ceramic tiles used in medieval Islamic mosaics and architecture were produced using geometry not understood in the West until the 1970s, a new study suggests.  …

 

March 15, 2011 · Pattern in Islamic Art

The Evolution of Style

 

‘One would enquire in vain for the masters who brought this system to its flowering or those who later opened up new ways for its development. This art is totally anonymous and it

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