Art of the Islamic world

The Taj Mahal, a silk carpet, a Qur‘an; all of these are examples of Islamic art. But what exactly is Islamic art and architecture?









Mihrab, Muradiye Mosque, Edirne
The Muradiye Mosque's interior is covered with wall paintings and colorful tiles—like a museum of fifteenth-century Ottoman architectural decoration.

Muradiye Mosque









Humayun's Tomb grid
This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

Humayun’s tomb




Detail of floral gardens and the Great Mosque of Mecca (left) and talismanic motifs, including magic squares and a human calligram (right). Talismanic pilgrimage scroll signed by Sayyad Muhammad Hasan Cishti, Indian, probably Deccan, 1787–88, 918 x 45.5cm, watercolor, black and red ink, and gold on paper, (Aga Khan Museum)--any way to make these a little less yellow? and you might crop out that little gray overhand on the bottom right image or make all white backgrounds
Much like modern souvenirs, these mementos of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish pilgrimage perpetuated pilgrims’ spiritual encounters, stimulating the reliving of the pilgrimage experience and their engagement with their faith. 

Pilgrimage souvenirs