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Islamic Designs for Artists and Craftspeople
Call Number: 745.4 WIL
Please read the Geometrical Designs section on pages 14-15. It discusses the importance of geometry in the Islamic world and describes how these designs can be created.
Piece by Piece
Call Number: 738.5 AVI
Refer to page 41 for an explanation of why geometric designs are used in Islamic mosaics.
Splendor of the Gods
Call Number: 726 CON
See the chapter on the Mosque of the Shah, Isfahan, p. 121 to see close-up photos of the mosaics on this beautiful mosque.
What Do We Know About Islam
Call Number: 297 HUS
Read chapter, "Is Islamic Design Special?"
Read Chapter "Why is Calligraphy Important"
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The Rise of Islam
Call Number: 297.09 Gor
Read a description of Alexandria and al-Fustat written by al-Muqaddasi around 970 A.D., Document 7: "The Cities of Egypt: Alexandria and al --Fustat," p. 132-1134.
The Arabs in the Golden Age
Call Number: 909 MOK
Read this chapter, "Travel through the Empire," p. 20-25 to get a feel for what life on a caravan was like.
Call Number: 910 MAC
This Eyewitness book is great for seeing pictures of camels, and their saddles and decorations, and the colorful costumes of desert Nomads.
Call Number: 910 MAT
Use the chapter "Arab Adventurers" to get a feel for Arab travel by sea.
Across Africa and Arabia
Call Number: 910 TRA
Chapter Three: "The Incense Road and the Pilgrimage Road: an early history" tells about the a earliest traders and the spices and scented products that were in great demand.
Chapter Four: The Incense Road and the Pilgri
mage Road: later history" tells what it was like to be on a pilgrimage.
Chapter Five: "The Sahara Routes: the early history" tells of the African trade routes and the salt, gold and slaves that were transported on these routes.
Around Africa and Asia by Sea
Call Number: 910 TRA
Chapter Two: "The Spice Route and the Empires of the East" describes the sea trade from Africa to Asia.
Call Number: REF 200 BOW
Page 176 identifies the structure and significant elements of a mosque.