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22 07, 2017

Islamic architecture – History

By |2019-09-30T05:59:38-07:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam, West Asia|0 Comments

Kairouan (about 800 AD) The first Islamic buildings Greek architects designed the first buildings in the new Islamic Empire. They had already been living in the area when the Arabs conquered it. Because Greek architects designed them, these buildings look a lot like earlier buildings in West Asia - Late Roman Empire buildings like Hagia Sophia. Roman [...]

22 07, 2017

Fatimid Caliphate architecture

By |2019-01-16T11:32:23-07:00July 22nd, 2017|Africa, Architecture, Islam|0 Comments

Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo (Egypt, 900s AD) Fatimids built new mosques As soon as the Fatimid dynasty took over ruling Egypt, in 908 AD, the new rulers of Egypt needed to show how important and strong they were. Who were the Fatimids? Medieval African Architecture All our Islamic Empire articles All our Early Africa articles Al-Azhar [...]