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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…

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Ibn Muqla – Master Calligrapher

885-940 A.D. Full name: Abu Ali Muhammad Ibn Ali, known as Ibn Muqla (“Son of Muqla”) What he did: Codified the six scripts (al aqlam al-sitta) that became the foundation for the practice of…

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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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