Monthly Archives: December 2011

Donation Page for the Blog

Honestly, I had to think quite a lot about setting up a donation page for this blog.

For your information, I never obtained anything from this blog. The ads in the blog does absolutely nothing (just an ad for my private venture) since 2 years ago. Truthfully when I started this blog I wanted to get some financial gains while talking about one of my favourite subject – Islamic Art. As time passes and efforts done my heart grows fonder with each and every post I made towards the Islamic art and the blog, I don’t care about any money-making then.

However I also want to try achieve my dreams… Looking at the pictures of Islamic architectural masterpieces on my blog making me very curious and excited to see these monuments myself – Taj Mahal in  India, the Shah Mosque in Iran, the mosques of Syria, Egypt- how it made me wow and gasped each time I see a new view of the majestic beauties of  Islamic art. However, making less than USD10,000 per year, even less with monthly commitments I don’t think these dreams could be achieved soon.

I also have a dream of quitting my day job  and pursuing my studies  in a particular Islamic Art and Architecture university in Amman, Jordan. however, with my current job I almost definitely cannot apply for Government working scholarship to enroll to the University, and so far I haven’t had any chance for a  Private scholarship. So again, it is a rather farfetched dream for me.

So I am (rather hesitantly and red-faced from embarrassment) creating a special donations page if you, my readers, could be kind enough and donate.

I’ll go and hide from civilization now.

 

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It’s Christmastime….!

Happy Holidays to all my celebrating readers! Hoping you and your loved ones will be forever in happiness, love and joy. Enjoy your holidays (responsibly)!

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Technicals – Making Hexagon Using a Ruler and a Compass

It seems like I still have problems with wordpress regarding uploading my pictures during my trip to KL -even the smallest,  compressed to the very lowest quality ones- so I guess I have to postpone it, even the monthly Imagining Islamic Aesthetic posts had to be put on hold. Instead I am going to post about how to make a Hexagon (and subsequently, a perfect Hexagram) using two equipments a Mathematician should be familiar with and should have access to should he or she wants to make geometrical shapes – a ruler and a geometric set compass. I can post the instructional pics here because frankly the images are very basic and that’s all WordPress can download at the moment.

Start with two lines – horizontal and vertical. In the middle of the cross you just made put your compass on the point and draw a perfect circle.

Using your compass, point the sharp end to the point where the horizontal line meets the circle and your compass’ pencil point to the center. Then, still the sharp end at the point and the length from the circle and line meeting point unaltered, draw a semi circle. Referring to the figure above, the green line on the horizontal line is the length between the circle-horizontal meeting point and the centre and the semi-circle. Do the same step to the opposite side.

Then its just a matter of connecting the meeting points in the circle. Erasing all the guidelines you will have a regular hexagon.

However,  joining each point of the Hexagon like the figure above, you will have a Hexagram, a six-pointed star. Note that this is a not a perfect representation of both Hexagon and a Hexagram since I am doing it on Paint.

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Problems with WordPress

A little update here….It seems like WordPress have some problems with uploading images. This will hinder my blogging especially when I use quite a lot of images into my articles to convey my point. So I will try to see and fix this the soonest.

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Internet Finds – StyleIslam.com

I was looking for picture materials for a articular old mosque in Indonesia when I found this site – StyleIslam.com. Apparently this site is an online retail store selling cool hip stuff targeted to the young Muslim demography…but there is plenty of online goodies that you can download such as cute stickers and colouring books for young kids, and also (that my eyes caught) desktop wallpapers featuring Islamic art and architecture. Pay them a visit – you might see something you like! There are plenty of cool things here in the online retail shop like women’s fashion, accessories and kids stuff…and also features a cute twitter button 🙂

 

Though I have to tell you that the site is in Deutsch so you have to scroll down a bit on every post to read the English translation.

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Study – Islamic Architecture in the Malay Peninsula Part 6 – Post Modern Revivalism

This is the last part of the Islamic Architecture in the Malay Peninsula series of articles and after wrapping the series up, I will Insya Allah start on the series about my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I would like to apologize as well for the lack of post these few weeks…I guess I had too much things going on here and considering this and that it takes much of my mind. I have some free time now, and on with the article!

Post Modern Revivalism simply means the language of architecture that doesn’t fit into the modern style architecture. This kind of architecture follows traditional Muslim architecture but with modern methods of buildings, easier access of foreign skills and decoration as well as modern materials.

Author - Spirits Ahmad Rithauddin

 Sultan Salahudin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam, Malaysia

There are two kinds in this style that is – 1) Foreign Revivalism and, 2) Vernacular Revivalism. Foreign Revivalism means the architecture follows foreign style. In this style you can find features such as Sahns (middle courtyard), different foreign styles of domes as well as minarets, Iwans (Persian gateways) and floorplans following traditional Islamic Middle Eastern or Central Asian styles. The Vernacular Revivalism follows local traditional architecture style and features tiered roofs, square floorplans and traditional materials such as timber. This style is free from any influences of foreign Middle Eastern or Central Asian style (this style is actually used in my village’s mosque)

Al-Azim Mosque in Malacca, Malaysia

This style uses modern materials in building of the mosques – concrete with steel ribbed domes, covered with imported tiles with opulent foreign style decoration. Vernacular Revivalism, though uses the same modern materials, uses materials closer to local styles – woods such as timber and decorations of made by the craftsmen of the local people.

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Happy 2nd Anniversary Stars in Symmetry!

Oh wow, I completely forgot that it has been two years since I started this blog….How ignorant of me. Here’s hoping for another year of articles on Islamic Art and Architecture!

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