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        Space in Islamic Art

        View this Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World video and image gallery of art objects related to the theme of 'space' and consider how they are reflective of Islamic culture.

        Space in Islamic Art

        The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work.

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        Great Mosque of Djenne: Mali, 1907

        This image depicts the Great Mosque of Djenne, the largest mud structure in the world that is still in use today. Djenne was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988 to ensure the preservation of the historic mosque.

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        Great Mosque of Cordoba: 9 C. Spain

        Built by Abd al Rahman I, the Great Mosque of Cordoba evolved over the centuries, blending many architectural forms. In the 10th century, the elaborate Mirab was added with glass mosaic imported from Byzantium. During the 16th century, the building was converted into a cathedral.

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        Taj Mahal: 17 C. India

        Its perfect proportions and exquisite craftsmanship make the Taj Mahal one of the world’s most famous buildings. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, 20,000 workers labored twelve years to complete it.

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        Shaykh Lutfallah Mosque: 17 C. Iran

        The Shaykh Lutfallah mosque, built by Shah 'Abbas I in 1617, is located at the center of the east side of Isfahan's maydan, built by Shah 'Abbas I between 1590 and 1602. The maydan was an expression of Isfahan's emergence as the new political and economic capital of the Safavid dynasty. It is a multifunctional space with intensive mercantile activity as well as a place for royal ceremonial rituals, royal caravanseri, baths, a royal mint, and a hospital. The mosque was named in 1622 after Shaykh Lutfallah Maysi al-'Amili, a prominent religious scholar and teacher.

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        The Dome of the Rock: 7 C. Jerusalem

        The Dome of the Rock was built by the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik and completed in 691 A.D. While it is considered one of the earliest and most admired Islamic monuments, the original purpose for its creation has been the subject of much debate. Its location on the top of Mount Moriah, which is also known as Temple Mount, associates the building with a rich tradition of Jewish and Christian narratives.

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