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Islamic Architecture Discussion


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What is Architecture?
Selections from the Qur'an

Meaning in Islamic Architecture   The purpose of this assignment is for you to view Islamic architecture through Islamic eyes. The two pictures that are linked below, one of the Husayn mosque in Iraq and the other of the Buland Gate from Mughal India, are among the finest examples of Islamic sophistication and artistry in architecture. Above everything else, these works of architecture have meaning . I want you to discover that meaning by applying an idea, any idea, from your readings in the Qur'an to the architecture. This idea should be firmly based in the text itself of the Qur'an. Your essay, then, will have three parts. First, you are going to find a verse that embodies the idea you're going to use to explain the architecture. Second, you're going to spend at least a paragraph explaining and interpreting that verse from the Qur'an. Third, you're then going to use the details of that interpretation and apply them to details in the architecture. Finally, I want you to incorporate other people's answer in your own answer. Take specific ideas from other people and apply them to your own; either develop these ideas or disagree with them. You must use Islamic terms learned in class or from the glossary along with complete meanings. These meanings must be incorporated into your interpretation of the architecture.


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Karbala, Shrine to Husayn, Third Imam


The Buland Gate

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