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Old March 25th, 2015, 03:13 AM   #361
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Yes, of course there is islamic architecture. Colourful mosaics and pointed arches are a huge part of the islamic style.
both of those existed before islam

islam did not make any of those

by chance, islam spread in countries were mosaics and arches existed, and these elements were exaggerated during the islamic era , but islamic belief did not create these styles
it did influence some details , like not having human figures in mosques, but that is pretty much it
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Nice combination of old and new
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No there isn't any thing as such, it is a matter of convenient and yet confusing term. Architecture is indeed neutral in ts intrinsic form. We shape it based on whats available around us to provide our basic necessities. Anything superfluous can then be regarded as wastage mannerism if you like.

Architecture is the creation of space is absolutely neutral as space. Mosque or masjid as a structure can take any form of shape with societal purpose of gathering of people towards a common good ie remembrance of the Almighty. I don't think any one group of people of religion can claim it is a result of any other kind of forms or cultures.
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Of course there is Islamic architecture. According to the Hussain Alli Blog "Islamic architecture encompasses a wide range of both secular and religious styles from the foundation of Islam to the present day, influencing the design and construction of buildings and structures in Islamic culture. The principal Islamic architectural types are: the Mosque, the Tomb, the Palace and the Fort. From these four types, the vocabulary of Islamic architecture is derived and used for buildings of lesser importance such as public baths, fountains and domestic architecture.[1][2]"
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Old March 12th, 2017, 02:27 PM   #365
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the issue mainly is the terminology
when we say islamic architecture, it appears as if islam itself is the determinant or the creator of certain architectural philosophies
in small details it might be true, but as a whole, the architecture that is reffered to as islamic is mainly the further development of the stlyes that were already there prior to islam or even developed after islam, yet, islam itself was not the catalyst to the creation of those styles
some elements and styles travelled across the muslim world however each region kept its own general style
there are mosques in malaysia that look nothing like what you see in african countries with muslim populations

we can perhaps say "architecture of muslim countries", but even that is not a style

what is islamic architecture exactly? mosques? urban patterns? what ?
it is hard to label them all under one umbrella that originally was not meant to be used for architecture but was meant to guide lifestyles
I totally agree with that. We neither talk about Christian architecture, we talk about Roman, Gothic, Baroque terminology when talking about chruches. Likely there are similar styles from the Arab world which have been implemented on mosques. Because I've seen modernist, brutalist and typically Dutch-bricked mosques as well. With Synagogues the same story.
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