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1 Islamic Architecture Examples from the Abbasid, Umayyad, Ottoman and Mughal Empires

2 Elements of Islamic Style Islamic architecture may be identified with the following design elements, which were inherited from the first mosque built by Muhammad in Medina, as well as features adapted from churches and synagogues. MinaretsMinarets or towers MihrabMihrab or niche on an inside wall indicating the direction of Mecca DomesDomes Use of geometric shapes and repetitive art (arabesque) Use of decorative Arabic calligraphy Ablution fountains

3 Common Interpretations of Islamic Architecture The concept of Allah's infinite power is evoked by designs with repeating themes. Human and animal forms are rarely depicted in decorative art as Allah's work is matchless. Calligraphy is used to enhance the interior of a building by providing quotations from the Qur'an. Islamic architecture focuses on the beauty of the interior rather than exterior spaces. Use of impressive forms such as large domes, towering minarets, and large courtyards are intended to convey power.

4 Domes Dome—a circular roof, usually hemispherical in form, placed over a circular, square, oblong, or polygonal space. Pendentives — Byzantine builders were the first to discover the proper handling of the device essential to placing a dome over a square compartment during the construction of the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople (A.D. 532–37). Under Byzantine influence the Muslims adopted the use of the dome; one of their first important monuments is the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. They often used the so- called Persian or onion dome. The most celebrated example is the Taj Mahal (A.D. 1630) at Agra, India. Columbia Encyclopedia, 6 th edition 2001-2005

5 Dome of the Rock Al Kuds (Jerusalem) The earliest architectural monument of Islam that retains most of its original form is the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, constructed in 691-92. It has mosaics depicting scrolling vines and flowers, jewels, and crowns in greens, blues, and gold.

6 Great Mosque of Damascus Damascus, Syria The interior walls of Great Mosque of Damascus have stone mosaics that depict crowns, fantastic plants, realistic trees, and even empty towns. This is thought to represent Paradise for the faithful Muslim. Both the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and The Great Mosque of Damascus used the Syrian cut-stone technique of building and popularized the use of the dome.

7 The Great Mosque of Samarra Samarra, Iraq In 750 the Abbasid Dynasty moved the capital east to Baghdad, and from 836 to 892 the Abbasid rulers resided at Samarra. The Great Mosque of Samarra is an important example of the Iraqi hypostyle, noted for its massive size and spectacular minaret.

8 The Great Mosque of Cordoba Location: Granada, Spain In the middle of the 8th century the last of the Umayyads escaped to Spain and re-founded the dynasty there. The Great Mosque of Cordoba was begun in 785 and is famous for its rows of double-tiered arches. The culture of Islamic Spain reached its apex in Moorish art and architecture.

9 Sulayman Mosque Complex Istanbul, Turkey In Turkey the mosque form was also derived from Persia, as was most Turkish art. One of the most famous Turkish architects was Sinan, chief architect in the Ottoman court from 1539 until his death in 1588. He constructed or designed most of Sulayman I's buildings, the most noted of which is his Sulayman Mosque (c.1557) in Istanbul.

10 Taj Mahal Agra, India The Taj incorporates and expands on many design traditions, particularly Persian, Hindu and earlier Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal was constructed between 1631 and 1654 by a workforce of more than twenty thousand.


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