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1 Islamic Art

2 The Kaaba, Mecca, Saudi Arabia Surrounded by the mosque of al-Masjid al-Haram

3 Aerial view of Haram Al-Sharif, Jerusalem

4 Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem 691 CE Byzantine tradition Golden dome Central plan / Octogonal

5 The Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, 691-2 Dome Drum Arcade of piers and columns Aisles/ambulatories Exterior tiles


7 minbar Sultan Hasan Madrasa-Mausoleum-Mosque Complex Main iwan (vaulted chamber) in the mosque, Cairo, Egypt 14 th cent.



10 minaret The Great Mosque, Kairouan, Tunisia 836–75

11 Great Mosque Samarra 847-52, near Bagdad, Iraq 164' high spiral minaret

12 Great Mosque Cordoba, Spain 786 – 987 Area covered: 620 x 460’ 1/3 of it is the courtyard Mihrab Mosaics with inscriptions, geometric motifs and stylized vegetation Dome in front of the mihrab

13 Horseshoe Pointed muqarna The Arch

14 Great Mosque, Cordoba, Spain Begun 785–86 Complexity of design reflects Islamic interest in mathematics and geometry as sources of artistic inspiration White stone and red brick voussoirs

15 Page from the Qur'an in kufic script 9th century Black ink pigments, and gold on vellum, 8⅜ X 11⅛" calligraphy

16 Arabic manuscript page (kufic and Nashki script) 1199, Iraq The status of calligraphers

17 Bowl with kufic border E with slip, pigment, and lead glaze “Knowledg e: the beginning of it is bitter to taste, but the end is sweeter than honey” 9th–10th century

18 Textile with elephants and camels (known today as the Shroud of Saint Josse) Before 961 Dyed silk, largest fragment 20½ X 37" From Khurasan or Central Asia

19 Mamluk glass oil lamp c. 1355 Syria or Egypt Glass, polychrome enamel, and gold height 12" (30.5 cm) “God is the light of the heavens and the earth. His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp, a lamp in a glass, the glass as a glittering star. The Qu’ran

20 The Great Mosque of Isfahan (The Masjid-I Jami Mosque), Isfahan, Iran 11th–18th century 14th-century iwan vault, 17th-century minarets Blue glazed tile

21 Mihrab Madrasa Imami, Isfahan Iran Founded 1354 Tile Mosaic Glazed and cut tiles 11'3" X 7'6"

22 1356–63 Qibla wall with mihrab and minbar Sultan Hasan Madrasa-Mausoleum-Mosque Complex

23 Court of the Lions, Palace of the Lions, Alhambra, Granada, Spain 1354–91 The Alhambra

24 Muqarnas Dome Hall of the Abencerrajes Palace of the Lions, Alhambra 1354–91 carved stucco

25 Mosque of Sultan Selim II, Edirne Turkey 1568–75 Ottoman architect Sinan (Sinan the Great) Climax of Ottoman architecture

26 Interior, Mosque of Sultan Selim Dome higher from it base than Hagia Sophia’s

27 Illuminated Tugra of Sultan Suleyman Ink, paint, and gold on paper removed from a firman and trimmed to 20½ X 25⅜" c. 1555–60 Istanbul, Turkey

28 From a copy of the 12th-century Khamsa (Five Poems) of Nizami Kamal al-Din Bihzad The Caliph Harun Al-Rashid Visits the Turkish Bath c. 1494 Herat, Afghanistan Ink and pigments on paper c. 7 X 6"

29 Brass with inlaid silver and copper height 2", length 12⅝", width 2½" Pen Box 1210–11 From Iran or Afghanistan

30 The Macy Jug Composite body glazed, painted fritware and incised (glaze partially stained with cobalt), with pierced outer shell 6 ⅝ X 7 ¾" 1215–16 Iran

31 Banner of Las Navas de Tolosa southern Spain 1212–50 Silk tapestry-weave with gilt parchment 10'9 ⅞" X 7'2 ⅝" Detail of center panel

32 Qur’an frontispiece (right half of two-page spread) c. 1368 Cairo, Egypt Ink, pigments, and gold on paper 24 X 18"

33 16th century Medallion Rug, variant Star Ushak style Wool Anatolia (present-day Turkey) 10'3" X 7'6 ¼"


35 a. Kilim weaving pattern used in flat-weaving, b. Symmetrical knot, used extensively in Iran, c. Asymmetrical knot, used extensively in Turkey

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