Inscriptions on Chinese ‘swatow’ dish, include the word 'Allah'

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : Coarsely potted and covered with a thick, crackled glaze, this dish belongs to a distinct group of porcelain, the so-called ‘Swatow wares’. Swatow is a Dutch mistranslation of Shantou, the port from which such…

Photos: Wester Mosque in Amsterdam - Netherlands

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SHAFAQNA - Beautiful Mosques : Westermoskee (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌʋɛstərmɔsˈkeː]; Turkish: Ayasofya Camii; English: Western Mosque) is a mosque in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It is situated on the bank of the canalized river Schinkel…

Medina Azahara inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List

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SHAFAQNA - The Caliphate city of Medina Azahara which is a medieval Arab Muslim town near the Spanish city of Cordoba remained from the 10th and 11th centuries, was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage on Sunday. It is the 47th World…

Unity in Diversity– Reflections on Styles in Islamic Art

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts | by Marina Alin : It seems that Western art showed a variation in styles and movements in its history, while Islamic art remained rather stable. Nevertheless, each time and place in Islamic art history has its own signature,…

Photos: 12000-year-old Arnan petroglyphs

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Abolfazl Mohammadi : Eighty kilometres southwest of Yazd city, in the slate rock of the Arnan height, thirty one rock art petroglyphs (scraped or scratched rock art) figures dating to the stone ages (the Neolithic)…

The floor of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (p) holy shrine has covered with an art piece

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel Global Network: The completion of covering the floor of the holy shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) with alabaster and its doors open to receive the visitors. An art piece designed with rare alabaster on…

Ghazni: the City of Diverse Islamic Architecture

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SHAFAQNA - Afghan Zariza | By Syed Zafar Mehdi : Known for its diverse Islamic architecture, the city of Ghazni is home to some magnificent mausoleums and minarets that attract a number of visitors from across the world every year. “The…

Photos: The unusual design of Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : The Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, the “Mosque of the King of Two Swords”, is located in downtown Kabul along the edge of the Kabul River. It was built in the 1920s by Amanullah Khan (r. 1919-29), who attempted to introduce…

Destinations for the Distinct Artistic Style of Islamic Civilization

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam : Spanning over 1,400 years and featuring a wide range of domains, from architecture to calligraphy, Islamic art is not just a representation of religious beliefs and events but an artistic movement encompassing many peoples…

Iran cultural exhibition in Algeria

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency: An Iranian cultural exhibition is currently underway in Algerian city of Balida to get the Algerians familiar with Iran’s culture and art. The cultural exhibition which is held through the efforts of Iran’s…

Naghsh-e Jahan Square: a prime tourist destination in Iran

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times : The UNESCO-registered Imam Square has long been full of life thanks to being a prime destination for both domestic and foreign travelers. Best known as Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. (literary meaning “Image of the World”),…

Photos: Lalejin, World Craft City for Pottery

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SHAFAQNA - MNA | by Gholamreza Zanganeh : LALEJIN, Situated in Iran’s Western Hamedan province, Lalejin can be considered the main Iranian city regarding the production of pottery items. Some 20,000 individuals live in the city, 60 percent…

Azerbaijan hosts Iran's National Orchestra

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SHAFAQNA - The performance is scheduled on the occasion of Iran’s cultural week in Azerbaijan. The orchestra will perform various Persian and Azeri music pieces. Fereidun Shahbazian along Tehran Symphony Orchestra is in Russia right…

Eye-catching Islamic architectural art at Imam Hussain Holy Shrine

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Hussain Holy Shrine: Art possesses a wide area in the Islamic decoration, especially in the places of worship such as mosques and shrines. Imam Hussain Holy Shrine is considered a perfect symbol of Islamic art; it is one of…

Miniature imaging of the funeral Hazrat al-Zahra, peace be upon her

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SHAFAQNA- Reza badrossama ,the painter of Isfahan , was born on 25th of November 1949 in artistic city of Isfahan.From childhood ,seeds of talent bearded fruit in his soul and guided him to the my stickarea of painting.badrossama…

Imam Hussein Shrine opens contemporary theater in Kerbela

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SHAFAQNA- The Cultural House in the holy city of Kerbela has witnessed a play titled “Sejeem” in the remembrance of the Iraq’s martyrs.   The play was attended by a great number of academics, artists, directors, and educationists.   Alaa…

Who is Hussein?

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SHAFAQNA- Islam Comics is a group of Muslim artists who are using their art to propagate the true face of the religion – Islam. For viewing their artifacts you can follow them on the social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook…

Iranian calligrapher donates rare Quran to Astan of Hazrat Abbas

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian artist and calligrapher Seyed Ali Asghar Mousavian donated a rare copy of the Quran that he has calligraphed to the Astan (custodianship) of Hazrat Abbas (AS) holy shrine in Karbala, Iraq. The copy includes calligraphy of…

Iranian actress crowned best actress at Porto7 festival

SHAFAQNA- Iranian actress Sara Bahrami was crowned best at the 10th Porto7 International Short Film Festival in Portugal on Sunday for her role in “You Just Be My Mother”. Bahrami portrays Sara, a mother who lives with a man after separating…

Egyptian Artist Brilliantly Illustrates the Meaning of 35 Arabic Words with Calligraphy

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SHAFAQNA- CAIROSCENE: As part of a new experimental project illustrating the meanings of Arabic words by manipulating the shapes of their letters, Egyptian graphic artist Mahmoud Tammam has published a number of works in which he fashions images…

Tehran Grand Bazaar: Historical Market in Capital

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SHAFAQNA - The Grand Bazaar, also known as Tehran's Grand Bazaar, is a historical market situated in the capital of Iran, Tehran. This Bazaar is located In Arg Square and its main entrance is called Sabze Meydan. The area around Tehran has…

Mahershala Ali Becomes First Muslim Actor to Win an Oscar

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SHAFAQNA- Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a drug dealer in Moonlight on Sunday, becoming the first Muslim to be awarded a golden statuette for acting. It has been a breakout year for…

Azerbaijani painter transcribed the Quran onto transparent golden pages

SHAFAQNA - An Azerbaijani painter has transcribed the Quran onto transparent golden pages. She used 50 meters of transparent black silk, and 1,500 milliliters of gold and silver inks in the project. It took 3 years to produce.

The first major exhibition of Qurans in the U.S. will be held in D.C.

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SHAFAQNA- By Elena Goukassian October 27 at 5:03 AM There’s no way to miss it when you walk into “The Art of the Qur’an,” the Sackler’s newest exhibit. It’s a Quran from 1599, and it’s the size of a table. And it weighs more…

7th London-Iranian Festival (28 Oct - 2 Nov)

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SHAFAQNA - London Iranian Film Festival is an annual, independent film festival held in London, United Kingdom. It is now entering its seventh year. It is the only festival in the UK that is dedicated to Iranian independent cinema, with this…

Saadi s Views on Moral Education

SHAFAQNA- By: Hamid Reza Alavi Educational Goals According to Beheshti, Faqihi and Abujafari (2001), although Saadi had not explicitly stated the educational goals in his works, the following goals could be deduced from his sayings and poems: 1.…

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…