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Islamic Architecture

Islamic Architecture

Author: Erin Aldana
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This lesson will focus on the architecture of Islam.

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Citations

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.