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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

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.

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

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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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  …

Science in Al-Andalus

  Written by Paul Lunde Illustrated by Michael Grimsdale The Medieval Christians of Spain had a legend that Roderick, the last king of the Visigoths, was responsible for unleashing the Arab invasion of…

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The Islamic Legacy of Timbuktu

No word in English connotes remoteness more than Timbuktu. Thanks to the astonishing wealth that Mansa Musa had displayed on his visits to Cairo and Makkah, it also connoted riches. For eight centuries, Timbuktu…

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