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The Celestial Element; Light As The Integral Component In Circassian Mamluk Religions Architecture

The Celestial Element; Light As The Integral Component In Circassian Mamluk Religions Architecture

Lecture by Loai Omran

Given at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

Excerpt: My research was actually to do with the study of interior lighting in Circassian Mamluk religious architecture. Why I selected that subject or that topic for research mainly because I as did some field trips during my study I noticed that the plans of mosques of medieval time Cairo particularly during the Circassian Mamluk period I noticed that the plans have a certain – what do you call it – absurdity.

Something in the plan didn’t make sense the the entrance and the layout of the whole plan there was something that didn’t make sense about it and I always wondered what’s the issue and what is wrong with it. To discover that there is an intended design for the plan to suit a certain lighting scheme or or a preconceived plan to to light the day or to supply the the light of the structure or of the building itself that they considered it was not just opening window for the to adorn or to or to decorate the external facades but rather to work as a function and what we’re going to talk about in more detail today is the symbolic connotations.

Top Image: Mosque of Qani-Bay, Cairo – photo by Ahmed Al.Badawy / Wikimedia Commons

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