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This program, produced by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, provides a detailed tour of the buildings and grounds, as well as an explanation of the purpose and function of the citadel, and provides historical portraits of those who built and modified it, from Mohammed Ibn al-Amar in 1238 through Carlos V.
The mosque's minaret: alongside the dome, there is no more familiar symbol of a Muslim place of worship. But not all mosques have minarets-or even domes. This video describes the evolution of the mosque, or masjid, over time and across cultures by using the mosque at Cordoba, Spain; the Friday Mosque in Isfahan, Iran; and many others from around the world as examples. Common elements like decoration with geometric designs and Arabic calligraphy, the place for ritual cleansing, the imam's podium, and the niche that signifies the direction of Mecca are presented, along with a capsule history of Islam's birth and spread.
This program discusses the architecture and sculpture of mosques and Koranic schools, the illumination and calligraphy of sacred texts, music, the art of the garden, and the influence of the abstract arabesque on Western art.
Islamic Art at the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum)
This program highlights the beauty and complexity of the Jameel collection; it also enables viewers to closely examine individual pieces-including the Ardabil Carpet from 16th-century Iran, one of the largest and finest carpets in existence, and an exquisite rock crystal ewer from 11th-century Egypt. Many other examples of ceramics, textiles, metalwork, manuscripts, and architectural elements are featured.
Islamic Art: India and the Middle East
In this program, art critic Waldemar Januszczak travels through the heart of the Middle East and beyond to study a wide range of Islamic architecture, decoration, and art objects. Providing helpful historical background on the faith-with an eye on the explosive spread of early Islamic culture-the program examines the pristine beauty of India's Taj Mahal as well as one of the world's oldest surviving mosques, and what may be its most spectacular: the Great Mosque in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Islamic Art: Africa and Central Asia
Continuing his trek across the Muslim world, art scholar Waldemar Januszczak introduces viewers to masterworks in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia-from the gigantic and surreal mud mosques of Mali; to a rare, 10th-century Egyptian ewer carved out of a single piece of rock crystal; to the inspired urban planning of the ancient city of Isfahan in Iran; to the stunning architecture of Uzbekistan's Samarquand. Januszczak shares his knowledge of the Sunni-Shiite schism and its artistic implications, the Fatimid influence evident in Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque, and the vast debt which Gothic architecture owes to the arches and filigrees of medieval Islamic building design.
Seven Wonders of the Muslim World
The documentary follows the six Muslims of different cultures and traditions as they go on the journey of a lifetime - the pilgrimage to Mecca, where the prophet Muhammad was born. The seven wonders of the title include: The Grand Mosque in Mecca; The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem; The Alhambra in Granada, Spain; The Blue Mosque in Istanbul; The Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali; The Imam Mosque in Esfahan, Iran; and The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan.
Iranian glazed ceramic tile work, from the ceiling of the Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Iran.
By Pentocelo - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4129063
Islamic art : mirror of the invisible world
Call Number: DVD / Video Collection (N6260 .I853 2011 )
Documentary of stunning breadth and beauty, transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal the astonishing riches of Muslim arts, crafts, and architecture. Exploring distant locations and many rare pieces of art, the film illuminates the history of a global culture, reflecting the Islamic world as it developed over centuries and as it is today.
Islamic Art Spots
Call Number: DVD / Video Collection (N6260 I857 2013 )
Calligraphy -- Mosques and religious architecture -- Travel and communication -- Islamic gardens -- Islamic textiles -- Geometry -- Art of the book and painting
ArchNet, an online community for architects and scholars with a special focus onthe Islamic world, based at MIT, features a virtual library of digitized books, journals, reference tools, as well as thousands of images of architecture in the Islamic world.
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