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Sancaklar Mosque

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite Amre Arolat Architects to build a mosque like the Sancaklar Mosque in Houston! This gorgeous 7,500+ square feet mosque was built in 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The building was designed as a response to the Sancaklar family who wanted to build a mosque on a site overlooking the Buyukcekmece Lake. The design aimed at representing purest forms of light and matter, just as a primary inner world, free from all cultural burdens.

Enjoy photography by Thomas Mayer

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reblogged from Souda

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Farewell to Makkah

Non-Muslims are not allowed in the holy city of Makkah (Mecca). And photography or video making is discouraged.

So sadly, outside of Muslims, no one gets to experience the beauty of Makkah. I wish there was a way around it but I understand and respect Saudi’s attempt to keep the site holy and restricted to pilgrims for one purpose only.

But, no worries, I managed to make a video of people walking around Kaaba which is the black structure you see in the middle. It is the sacred site for Muslims. As part of your Umraah (mini version of the holy pilgrimage), you are supposed to walk around the Kaaba 7 times.

I shot these two videos around 4 am in the morning. The crowd you observe here is ’bout 9 times less then what you typically see during the normal hours of the day.

And this one is the fast-forward GIF version:

With these, I bring my Jeddah diaries to an end. I bid thee farewell!!! And hope (again) whoever desires to, may they embark on their own spiritual journey one day when the time is right and the soul is prepared.

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Loving the Doris Duke Shangri La exhibit in L.A.

Shangri La is the name of an Islamic-style mansion built by heiress Doris Duke near Diamond Head just outside Honolulu, Hawaii. It is now owned and operated by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) which is currently showcasing its traveling exhibit Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery till December 28th. Organized by Donald Albrecht, curator of design for the Museum of the City of New York and Thomas Mellins, architectural historian, the exhibit explores the synthesis of 1930s modernist architecture, tropical landscape and Islamic art that Duke achieved at Shangri La. This is the first major exhibition about Shangri La to be shown outside Hawaii, taking the story of Duke’s transformative engagement with the Islamic world and her work at Shangri La to national audiences.

The exhibit features photographs by Tim Street-Porter, archival materials and a selection of more than 60 objects of Islamic art from the collection. The exhibition also includes new art work by seven past artists-in-residence, including Zakariya Amataya, Afruz Amighi, Shezad Dawood, Emre Hüner,Walid Raad, Shahzia Sikander and Mohamed Zakariya.

If you reside in or traveling to L.A., this is a must-see!

These photographs of the exhibit especially of the Mughal Garden remind me of the palace of Alhambra in the city of Granada, Spain, a visit I hold dearly to my heart and will never forget.

I’m so now tempted to make a trip to Morocco!!!

Mosaic Tile Panel Gateway

Mosaic Tile Panel Gateway

Closeup of the Mosaic Tile Panel Gateway

Closeup of the Mosaic Tile Panel Gateway

Foyer

Foyer

Custom-made Moroccan Ceiling of the Foyer

Custom-made Moroccan Ceiling of the Foyer

Pierced Metal Lamp

Pierced Metal Lamp in the Foyer

Damascus Room

The Damascus Room

Another view of The Damascus Room

Another view of The Damascus Room

The Ceiling of The Damascus Room

Ceiling of The Damascus Room

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

Dining Room Tent Panels

Dining Room Tent Panels

Syrian Room

Syrian Room

Syrian Room

Syrian Room

Small Syrian Room

Small Syrian Room

Large Syrian Room

Large Syrian Room

Entry way to Large Syrian Room

Entry Way to Large Syrian Room

Mughal Suite

Mughal Suite

Living Room

Living Room

Mihrab Room

Mihrab Room

Central Courtyard

Central Courtyard

Display of Art in the Central Courtyard

Display of Art in the Central Courtyard

Mosaic Tile Panel in the Central Courtyard

Mosaic Tile Panel in the Central Courtyard

Private Hall

Private Hall

Pool

Pool

Mughal Garden

Mughal Garden