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Uzbekistan’s Blue City: the beautiful Samarkand

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SHAFAQNA - MVSLIM | by Afifa Thabet : When the famous Muslim traveler Ibn Battuta visited this wonderful place in 1330, he described it as “one of the greatest and finest cities, and most perfect of them in beauty”. He was right! Such a…

Rethinking Architecture - Cultural Exchange and Religious Coexistence

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SHAFAQNA - New York based Büro Koray Duman Architects are collaborating with the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) to design a cultural center prototype, named Cordoba House, in order to facilitate the total integration of…

The Origin and Early Development of Islamic Architecture

SHAFAQNA- By: Siddiqua Shahnawaz In the Qur'an the word Masjid, although used many times, is only applied to three specific buildings: the Masjid al Haram (ka'ba), the Masjid al Aqsa (Jerusalem) and the Masjid built at the oasis site called…