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

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…

Al-Azhar Mosque

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…

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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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….

Style in Islamic Art (750-1250 AD)

Abbasid Style The Abbasid style emerged in Iraq between 750 and 850, when the Abbasid dynasty was at the height of its power. The Abbasid caliphs constructed huge and lavishly decorated palaces at…

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