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Polson's APAH: Islamic Art
Art and art historical terms of Islam
The fascination with middle eastern cultures
A type of linear surface decoration based on foliage
handwriting as an artform
An ornamental, angular, Arabic script. The Qu'ran was originally written in Kufic.
The book of Islam written by Mohammed that borrows from the Old Testament, and the gospels
Islamic building for collective worship, from the arabic word masjid - meaning "place for bowing down"
Hypostyle Hall Mosque
Also called an arab-plan mosque, the oldest form of mosque, has interior courtyard, flat roof, many collumned interior (hypostyle), outer arcade
A large, decorative, arched, entrance to a mosque
The second oldest form of mosque with a central couryard with four iwans on it.
The latest form of mosque. Mosque with a central plan - often with a dome from Byzantine influence - started with the Ottomans (Turks)
A courtyard in Islamic architecture
The mosque wall oriented toward Mecca. The Qibla wall is indicated by the Mirhab
A recess or niche in the Quibla wall that represents a door to Mecca
A tower on or near a mosque from which the faithful are called to prayer 5 times a day
An Islamic institution of higher learning where teaching focuses on theology and law
A pointed arch used first by pre Islamic middle easterners & extensively in Islamic art & in gothic architecture
small niche like components stacked in tiers to fill the transition between differing verical and horizontal planes
Abd al-Rahman I (dates)
founder and ruler of the Umayyad dynasty in Iberia, 755 - 788
Dome of the Rock
687-91, Jerusalem, Israel, Islamic
Prayer hall, Great Mosque, Cordoba
785, Cordoba, Spain, Islamic
1631-48, Agra, India, Islamic