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Islamic Geometric patterns have been used as decorative elements on the walls, ceilings and minarets of buildings in the Islamic world. The design patterns are a combination of repeated triangles, circles, squares and stars and are in perfect symmetry. Depiction of human and animal figures is not kosher in the Islamic tradition hence the Muslim artists created another art form, for decoration purposes, using mathematical diagrams. Alhambra Palace, in Grenada, Spain is the one of the oldest examples of geometric art. It was built in the 13 century and is a master piece of Islamic art and cul...
Sindh, the land of the Sufis, is home to the historical monuments of Makli, Thatta. Thatta was ruled by the Mughals but was also the capital of three powerful dynasties and a well-known center of Islamic civilization. Some historians are of the opinion that Thatta is the fabled port of Patala, the main Port on Indus during the times of Alexander the Great. It is also believed by historians that Thatta is the ancient sea port of Debal mentioned by the Arab Historians. The Umayyads controlled the region surrounding Thatta from 711 CE till 1026 CE when it was conquered by Mahmud Ghaznavi. In 1...
Suvastu, a name Swat was known by in a time long ago. Swat, a fertile land, known for its fruits and lush green valleys. Great rulers and dynasties have ruled over and passed through this land. The great Chinese pilgrim and explorer Xuanzang (602-664 AD) passed through Swat in 630 and then again while travestying back to his native China. He talks of a fertile, peaceful and green land inhabited by the followers of Buddha with stupas and monasteries dotted all over the land. Swat is also home to one of the world’s largest emerald mines. Yes, the green crystal, which has been a mark of royalt...

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