The Role Of Water In Islamic Architecture

Tadhg Gaelach

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Al Gaddafi's Great Man Made River was not only the world's greatest humanitarian achievement, but even more so a magnificent act of devotion to God.




The Holy City of Samarkand is a city of watered gardens and fair maidens.


Water is the most sacred element in the Koran. All other elements were created on earth, but water was brought down directly by God as it already existed in heaven. So, to the Muslim, cool flowing water is the very manifestation of heaven on earth - which is one reason why Muslims have always been so fascinated by Europe and believe it to be a land promised to them. A watered garden is a place of sacred contemplation and respite.

Water is not merely a functional addition to architecture and design, it is an integral part of architecture in both religious and secular systems – shaping the aesthetics of landscapes and breathing life into structures. Water has notably been greatly used in Islamic architecture across the Middle East, as far as India to the East and Spain.

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