Egyptian Tales

Islamic Arts

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At the beginning of the Islamic state and with the beginning of the Arab conquest in the early 7th century, the Arabs brought with them to the conquered countries the Arab and Islamic culture which influenced them, but which was also influenced by the achievements of previous civilizations.

One of the most prominent features of Islamic art are the plant and geometric motifs (Arabesques). These are simplified and stylized forms drawn from nature and focused on specific parts of plants and flowers, such as petals, twigs and branches, painted in curved, overlapping and intertwining forms. There are symmetrical and often repeated shapes, especially geometric ones, mostly used to decorate mosques, doors, ceilings, and walls, as well as for the binding of the Qur'an, books, clothing, and furniture.

The minor arts did not die in the areas where the Islamic conquerors entered but it took forms that were consistent with the new civilized taste.

Islamic architecture was abstract, simple, devoid of complexity, elegant, and dominated by Islamic aesthetics.

The natural environment: It includes the geographical and climatic factors that affect humans and all living organisms. Such as the wide balconies that are covered with wooden mashrabiyas to protect from the sun's rays and heat.

The social environment: It includes customs, traditions, values and behavior that govern society. Islamic architecture was concerned with creating an atmosphere suitable for human life and providing means of comfort and privacy. There were isolated units dedicated to women called harem.

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