4.614 | Fall 2002 | Undergraduate

Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures

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The Madrasa al-Firdaws in Aleppo (1235-36): Founded by Dhayfa Khatun, the strong wife of the Ayyubid ruler of Aleppo al-Zahir Ghazi. This is the most celebrated Syrian madrasa and the finest example of austere stone architecture. It is balanced in composition and conservative in decoration with a fine mihrab topped with a “Syrian knot,” a decorative element that later spread to Anatolia.

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