Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures

Photo of a Minaret.

An example of a minaret: a tower, circular, octagonal, or square in section, built next to or in a mosque, from which the Muslims are called to prayer. (Image by Nasser Rabbat.)


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Fall 2002



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This course introduces the history of Islamic cultures through their most vibrant material signs: the religious architecture that spans fourteen centuries and three continents — Asia, Africa, and Europe. The course presents Islamic architecture both as a historical tradition and as a cultural catalyst that influenced and was influenced by the civilizations with which it came in contact.

Nasser Rabbat. 4.614 Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures, Fall 2002. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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