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Mamoun Sakkal
SISME 490
Seattle Campus

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GEOMETRY AND ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE: Geometry was always part of the process of designing and constructing buildings. In Islamic architecture the role of geometry is manifested in numerous ways, several of which will be examined in this course. We will review two-dimensional and three-dimensional uses of symmetry, geometry, pattern, and proportion systems. We will also examine specific architectural features such as the use of calligraphy, muqarnas, star ribbed domes, and surface decorations in Islamic buildings. Some attention will be given to cultural, philosophical, and technical aspects of the use of geometry in the built environment throughout the Islamic world, past and present.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Marion Cook
Date: 02/05/1999