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Islamic Architecture and Geometry When studying Islamic architecture and archaeology one can easily become distracted by the beauty and grace of the many different and Iconic Islamic structures. Coming from New York City it is becoming increasingly difficult to learn about the cities past by studying its Architectural history. Everyday older buildings are being knocked down and replaced by newer and more visually appealing skyscrapers. However, this trend has not come to pass in the major Islamic cities of the east. From Damascus to Baghdad or Jerusalem or Samara one can study and see the history that is still currently present within their cities. One of the most fascinating aspects of Islamic architecture and archaeology for me has always been the immense attention to detail in which the Islamic monuments were built with. For example Ludovico Micara talks about the importance of Geometry within the context of Islamic architecture and design. He references the well-known historian of Islamic art Oleg Grabar. Grabar talks about how writing, geometry, architecture and nature go hand in hand within Islam “In viewers well-defined emotions and stances: control and forcefulness of assertion with writing, Order with geometry, boundaries and protection with architecture, life forces with nature and throughout sensory pleasure”, This concept of interweaving architecture and design with geometry and nature has always been the most interesting concept for me when studying Islamic architecture. As we have covered in class since for the most part Islamic societies could not use living objects or animals in their designs they focused more on excelling in the art of bringing geometric designs to life. As we can see from some of the building we have studied in class that geometry plays a very important roll within the context of design. For example In Jerusalem the dome of…...

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