Geometry in Islam

by Sara Binladen on April 19, 2017  in Arabicartartworkbeautydesignfactsgeometricgeometryinventinventorislamislamicmuslimmuslimspatternunique

Islamic pattern on the ceiling focusing on circles

Ever thought about the importance of geometry? We have all studied geometry at one point or another, but have we ever linked geometry with beauty? For example, imagine a mosque without intricate patterns or a Quran without beautiful frames. Yup, geometry. 

Geometry is one of the important aspects that characterizes Islamic art. The difference between the art of other cultures and Islamic art is the focus on pure abstract forms instead of natural objects.

Muslim scientist lived in an era where geometry was the newest puzzle to solve. These scientists invented new theories and solutions. Geometric patterns were formed from geometric shapes that are often repeated. 

Geometrical patterns were formed for two main reasons. 

1. Alternative for Depiction of Living Creatures.

Geometrical patterns are used favorably in mosques as they encourage spiritual contemplation which allows artists to free their imagination.

2. Popularity of Geometry in the Muslim World

Like the internet in our era, geometry was popular among 15th century Muslims. Muslims were great architects and used geometry for creating and solving theories which led to the creation of geometric patterns.

Many old and new landmarks have beautiful patterns etched in their hallways and ceilings all over the world. From Spain to Iran, I can't wait to visit them all. Which country would you like to visit first?


P.S. Azha's logo is based on geometry.


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