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Islamic Architecture

Islamic Architecture

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will focus on the architecture of Islam.

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Dome of the Rock, exterior, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Dome_of_the_Rock.jpeg, tile decoration, Dome of the Rock, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Israel-2013-Jerusalem-Temple_Mount-Dome_of_the_Rock_02.jpg , Dome of the Rock, interior, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Inside_the_Dome_of_the_Rock.jpg,  Dome of the Rock, interior, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MosqueOfOmar1914.jpg, Interior of Santa Constanza, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Santa_Costanza_Interior.jpg ,, Computer modeling of the Great Mosque at Kairouan, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:3D_computer_modeling_of_the_Great_mosquee_of_Kairouan-en.svg, Columns, Great Mosque at Kairouan, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kairouan(js)19.jpg, Great mosque at Cordoba, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cordoba_Mezquita.jpg, Pont du Gard; Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pont_du_Gard_Oct_2007.jpg?uselang=fr , Shah mosque at Isfahan, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shahmosque.jpg, Shah mosque Isfahan, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Isfahan_Royal_Mosque_entrance.JPG

Terms to Know
  • Horseshoe arch

    Also called a keyhole arch, semicircular and characteristic of Islamic architecture.

  • Hypostyle Prayer Hall

    In a mosque, a personal space separated by columns for privacy.

  • Mihrab

    In a mosque, a niche or decorative panel showing the direction of Mecca.

  • Minaret

    A tower attached to a mosque calling people to prayer.

  • Minbar

    In Islam, the pulpit from which the sermon is delivered.

  • Qibla wall

    Or kiblah, in Islam, the wall that indicates the direction of Mecca and the Kaaba, for prayer.