Internet Finds – Stairway to Heaven Video

A fan (@Sana &N Mirza) on Stars in Symmetry fanpage on Facebook recently lead me to a video about Islamic artists who recreate the minbar of Saladin (Salahuddin Al-Ayubbi) that was destroyed in a fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem during the 70’s. The video focuses on the history of the minbar itself, the events leading up to the reimagining and recreating it as well as following the mind behind the reconstruction as wellas the team of artisans who made it all happen.

Here is the link to the youtube video. Note that the video is about 45 minutes long – a standard of any documentaries. I would advice you to use a youtube downloader app (Chrome and Firefox each have its own array of third-party video download app, though not sure if IE or Safari have the same feature as well) so you can watch it at your own time and watch it again and again and plus, no loading time!

I have to thank Sana N Mirza on Facebook for showing me this great video. It shows the beauty of Islamic art and the meticulous craftmanship they exhibit, and also the human spirit and honest dedication that goes into this project. When I finished watching the movie I can’t help but to feel very humble and just awestruck…and knowing my readers I’m sure you will be too.

Internet Finds – The Tiles of Infinity

A friend and ,artist and fellow Islamic Art enthusiast linked this article from the Saudi Aramco World magazine on Facebook. I scrolled through the articles quickly and thought –


But since I had some spare time to kill I decided to read this piece of article and honestly it amazes me. Moral of the story – never scroll through a webpage, you might miss a very important and amazing knowledge.

Please click on the above image to go to the article.

This one online article from the Saudi Aramco World magazine is entitled ‘The Tiles of Infinity’ and it follows the study of a scholar from Harvard University, Peter J Lu regarding the tiles decorating the mosques from Esfahan to Baghdad. The article features the tiles and it’s significance to the relatively modern discovery of the Penrose tiling and the fact that Islamic artisans have used the very same tiling pattern 500 years before Penrose!

It is a very mathematical and very educational look into the Girih tiles of Iran and Iraq. I won’t elaborate more so I left to you to read the rest of the article.