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Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca

Tile with the Great Mosque of Mecca

The three lines of Arabic writing in the upper part of this large, ceramic wall tile are from the third chapter of the Qur’an, and exhort the Muslim faithful to make the pilgrimage…

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The Tokyo Masjid

After the Russian revolution of 1917, some of the Turkish communities migrated to different regions of the world.  The Kazan Turks, who had migrated to Tokyo, established a community called “Mahalle-i İslamiye” (i.e….

Islamic Arts: Introduction and General Considerations

Kathleen Kupier – Britannica Educational Publishing (Islamic Art,Literature And Culture) The vast populations of the Middle East and elsewhere that adopted the Islamic faith from the 7th century onward. These adherents of the…

The Ottoman Madrassa

Plan of the Karatay Madrassa This short article is taken from the full article which is available here as a PDF file   For more than three centuries Muslims used the mosque for…

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Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 A.D.- East

  This calligraphic panel is executed in black (Indian) naskh on a pink paper decorated with gold cloud motifs and pasted to a light blue backing. The poem wishes a ruler (nicknamed the…

Islamic Calligraphy – 1250 to 1450 A.D.

  Written in a bold muhaqqaq script with the word Allah in gold, this page is from chapter three of the Koran (the House of Imran), verses 79 and 80. The passage stresses…

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