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Herat Mosque

Herat Masjid, Afghanistan

The Masjid-i Jami of Herat, the city’s first congregational mosque, was built on the site of two smaller Ghaznavid mosques that were destroyed by earthquake and fire. The present mosque was begun by…

Islamic Dynasties Chart

The Islamic Dyansties

This schematic chart provides a simplified picture of the political complexities of certain periods. (Large parts of Central Asia, China, South-east Asia and Africa have been omitted.)     islamic dynasties

Masjid Shah do shamshira in the 1920s

Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque

The Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, the “Mosque of the King of Two Swords”, is located in downtown Kabul along the edge of the Kabul River. It was built in the 1920s by Amanullah Khan…


Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan

The Blue Mosque, in Mazar-e-Sharif, has tiles that look like they are painted with flowers, but the floral patterns are actually made from tiles cut into different shapes and plastered together.


The Life of Rumi

Jalaluddin Rumi Jalaluddin Rumi, better known simply as Rumi, was perhaps the finest Persian poet of all time and a great influence on Muslim writing and culture. His poetry is still well known…

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