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Islamic Architecture

America to Zanzibar Showcases Islamic Diversity

Rose Deighton | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Rose Deighton

America to Zanzibar is a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan designed to highlight the vast diversity of Islamic cultures. Today more th...

The Most Beautiful Mosque In The World And Me

Beno Saradzic | Posted 06.30.2016 | Arts
Beno Saradzic

I'd like to tell a story about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and how our paths crossed through the years. I've lived and worked in the...

Here's How Abu Dhabi's Most Famous Mosque Was Built

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

Abu Dhabi's most iconic landmark is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which features eighty-two white domes. Built between 1996 and 2007, it was designed...

Is This A Mosque, Or A Kaleidoscope?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion

From the outside, the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran, seems like a fairly traditional house of worship -- but it's hiding a gorgeously colorful ...

LOOK: The World's 50 Most Unusual Mosques

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion

Many of these incredible houses of worship defy typical expectations about what a mosque looks like. Nontraditional minarets and experimental domes ad...

Islamic Art: In Paradise There Is Always Water

Michael Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Wolfe

Such is the vision of the "Better World" that Islamic civilization created from the eighth century onward. These intrepid empire-builders managed to create great palace-garden complexes, where water is the central element.

Islamic Architecture: Mirror Of The Invisible World

Robert Gardner | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Gardner

Two buildings that represent a great contrast and diversity in Islamic architecture are the Taj Mahal in India, one of the most memorable buildings in human history, and the Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali, the largest mud construction in the world.

New Islamic Art Film Premieres in Chicago

Daniel Tutt | Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago
Daniel Tutt

A new documentary film, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World seeks to present some of the riches of Islamic artistic contributions to an American audience.

The Dark Side of Beauty: The Mosque As "Terror Cell"

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

The relationships of cultures are not so very different from the relationships of individuals.

Part 5: Colonizing the Mosque (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

With mosques functioning as the local centers of Islamic faith and the object of renewed Western suspicion, it is undeniable that mosques also help keep alive the memory of the divide of civilizations that once rent the world irreparably in two.

Booming Islamic Antiquities Market in the Gulf Leads to Thefts in Old Cairo Mosques

Journalism Boot Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Journalism Boot Camp

Despite denials that the buying of pieces by Qatar helped fuel a black market, Egyptian officials say Gulf collectors are the reason Islamic heritage sites are being looted.

Mosques, Moolah, and the Importance of Tradition

Victoria Lautman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Victoria Lautman

El-Wakil is considered one of the most prominent proponents of contemporary Islamic architecture, making him a stimulating choice for the Driehaus Prize, which has thus far gone only to Western architects.