Islamic Contributions to Architecture

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Islamic Contributions to Architecture by Mind Map: Islamic Contributions to Architecture

1. Domes

1.1. Located in the center of the structures.

1.2. The ceilings are usually rounded or in the shape of an octogon.

1.3. Consist of various patterns and shapes.

2. Stained Glass

2.1. Used to make it seem as though you were looking through a kaleidoscope from inside the dome, temple, or structure.

2.2. The light coming through the glass would be distorted thus illuminating the walls and floors with bright colors.

2.2.1. New node

3. Calligraphy

3.1. Considered Islams noblest form of writing.

3.2. The use of calligraphy would at beauty to the pieces and spreads the religous beliefs of Islam.

4. Mathematics

4.1. Geometric designs were used regularly in Islamic art peices and structures.

4.2. The repetiton of these designs was seen as God's infinate nature.

4.2.1. New node

4.2.1.1. This style of art is called Arabesque.

5. Tile Work

5.1. Tile Work is very popular in Islamic art and is seen in and on many Islamic art pieces such as the Dome of the Rock.

6. Nature

6.1. Nature played a huge role in Islamic Art.

6.2. Because the idea of heaven according to people of Islam was tropical place, many naturalistic ideas such as flowers, gardens and water were incorperated into thier art.

7. Arches and Columns

7.1. Arches and Colums had the roles of both supporting the structure and decorating it.

7.2. Arches would provide less amounts of light due to their massive size.

8. Qibla Wall

8.1. This is the wall in which Muslims face when praying.

8.2. They face this wall because it is in the direction of Mecca.

8.3. Mecca is extremely holy because it is the birthplace of the prophet Mohammad.

9. Minaret

9.1. The Minaret is high tower that is the part of a mosque and is used when calling the faithful to prayer.

9.2. Prayer takes place 5 times a day and these towers alert Muslims when it is time to pray, thus creating structure and organization.