Comparative Analysis of Mosque Architecture Architecture has long provided us with a window into the intentional and accidental designs of cultures and societies. But far from a static representation of any moment in history, architecture reveals the dynamic nature of cultures as they interact with one another, are conquered, or simply as architects travel from one nation to the next as the craft reaches “far beyond political frontiers.” The purpose of this essay will be to examine the ways in which shifting cultural influence is reflected in architecture — particularly in the case of Egyptian mosques as the Islamic community transitioned from Mamluk to Ottoman control and then beyond. The mosque acts as an architectural record of the...The end:
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