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Islamic Mosaic Books

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Islamic Designs for Artists and Craftspeople - Wilson, Eva
Call Number: 745.4 WIL
ISBN: 9780486258195
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.

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Arab Contribution to Islamic Art - Ali, Wijdan
Call Number: 709 ALI
ISBN: 9774244761

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Islamic Art and Architecture - Hillenbrand, Robert
Call Number: 700 HIL
ISBN: 0500203059

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Piece by Piece - Avi-Yonah, Michael
Call Number: 738.5 AVI
ISBN: 9780822532040
Refer to page 41 for an explanation of why geometric designs are used in Islamic mosaics.

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Splendor of the Gods - Flavio Conti
Call Number: 726 CON
ISBN: 0150037279
See the chapter on the Mosque of the Shah, Isfahan, p. 121 to see close-up photos of the mosaics on this beautiful mosque.

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Medieval World: volume 7 Mehmed II- Painting and Sculpture - Grolier Educational
Call Number: REF 909 MED V.7
ISBN: 0717255204
Wondering what makes Islamic mosaics unique? See page 34 for an excellent summary.

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What Do We Know About Islam - Shahrukh Husain
Call Number: 297 HUS
ISBN: 0872263886
Read chapter, "Is Islamic Design Special?"
Read Chapter "Why is Calligraphy Important"

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Mosques and Islamic Architecture


Mosques - Encyclopedia Britannica


Travel Journals


Travel Journals

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One Thousand Roads to Mecca: ten centuries of travelers writing about the Muslim Pilgramage - Michael Wolfe
Call Number: 297.3 WOL
ISBN: 0802116116
Read excerpts from Nasser-e Khosraw's Book of Travels, a Persian writer in 1050 A.D.; Ibn Jubayr's Voyages, a work describing his travels from Muslim Spain to Mecca in 1183 A.D; Ibn Battuta's The Travels of Ibn Battuta, describing his journies starting in 1326 A.D.

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Exploaration in the World of the Middle Ages, 500 - 1500 - Pamela White
Call Number: 910 WHI
ISBN: 0816052646
Read part of Chapter Three: Muslim Pilgrimages to Arabia," p. 46-54.
Read Chapter Five: "Muslim Travelers of the Middle Ages," p.74- 89.

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The Rise of Islam - Matthew S. Gordon
Call Number: 297.09 Gor
ISBN: 0313325227
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.

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The Arabs in the Golden Age - Mokhtar Moktefi
Call Number: 909 MOK
ISBN: 1562942018
Read this chapter, "Travel through the Empire," p. 20-25 to get a feel for what life on a caravan was like.

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Desert - Miranda MacQuitty
Call Number: 910 MAC
ISBN: 0679860037
This Eyewitness book is great for seeing pictures of camels, and their saddles and decorations, and the colorful costumes of desert Nomads.

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Explorer - Rupert Matthews
Call Number: 910 MAT
ISBN: 0679814604
Use the chapter "Arab Adventurers" to get a feel for Arab travel by sea.

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The Travels of Ibn Battuta - Samuel Lee, editor
Call Number: 915.04 IBN
ISBN: 0486437655
Read a translated version of Ibn Battuta's journal.

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The adventures of Ibn Battuta, a Muslim traveler of the fourteenth century - Ross Dunn, editor
Call Number: 910 Dun
ISBN: 0520243854
This is another translation of Ibn Battuta's travel journal.

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Across Africa and Arabia - Irene M. Frank
Call Number: 910 TRA
ISBN: 0816018782
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.

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Around Africa and Asia by Sea - Irene M. Frank
Call Number: 910 TRA
ISBN: 0816018758
Chapter Two: "The Spice Route and the Empires of the East" describes the sea trade from Africa to Asia.

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The World Through Maps; a history of Cartography - John Rennie Short
Call Number: 912 SHO
ISBN: 1552978117
Chapter Six: "The Maps of the Islamic World" shows some beautifully illustrated Islamic maps.


Mosque Books

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A 16th Century Mosque - Mcdonald, Fiona
Call Number: 297 MAC
ISBN: 087226310X

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World Religions - Bowker, John
Call Number: REF 200 BOW
ISBN: 0789414392
Page 176 identifies the structure and significant elements of a mosque.

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A brief history of Islam - Sonn, Tamara
Call Number: 297.09 SON
ISBN: 1405109025


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