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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.

Detail of the door at the Mosque of Tijani.

Mosque and Mausoleum of Sidi Ahmad al-Tijani

The 18th century Mosque and Mausoleum of Mawlana Ahmed ibn Mohammed Tijani al-Hassani al-Maghribi (1735–1815), in Fez, Morocco.

Kasbah of Telouet

Kasbah of Telouet

The Kasbah, architecturally speaking, are imposing buildings with a square base and towers that rise above the height of the perimeter walls. The kasbah are composed of bricks made of clay mixed with water…

Morocco, Fes, Medrassa Ben Youssef

Courtyards of Morocco

The ornate interiors and courtyards of Morocco.       Le Palais du Zahir marrakech architecture

Credit: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Bringing the Met Into the 1300s

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art embarked on the most ambitious rethinking and rebuilding of its Islamic art galleries in its history, a $50 million endeavor. Over the course of two months a…

King Hassan II Mosque

King Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

The brainchild and crowning achievement of King Hassan II, this phenomenal building was built to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday and opened in 1993 giving Casablanca the heart and landmark it so…

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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  …

Minbar (pulpit) formerly in the Qutubia mosque. From Cordoba, Spain, 1137, Almoravid period. Detail of the marquetry on the sides of the minbar. Cedar wood, ebony and ivory, H:3,86 m

The Masterpiece Minbar

Until relatively recent times, wooden furniture—in the sense of tables and chairs was little known in traditional Islamic societies. Throughout the warm and dry lands of North Africa, the Middle East, India and Central…

Zillij in Fez

Zillij is an Islamic art that is based on learning, discipline, and faith. The geometric patterns reflect the Islamic belief that life is ordered by cosmic intelligence, even if people cannot always understand…

The Met Resets a Gem

n November, after an eight-year, $50-million renovation, 15 galleries devoted to “The Arts of Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia” will open in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art….

Assembly with octagons connected to a common vertex

A World of Stars – Decorative Art in Morocco

Eight Pointed Stars This text has been taken from the book Arabesques – decorative art in Morocco by Jean-Marc Caste´ra; Franc¸oise Peuriot; Philippe Ploquin; Kirk McElhearn. Translation from French to English was carried…

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