Traditional Islamic geometrical designs

Title: " Islamitische Geometrische Patronen Zelf Ontwerpen en Maken" author: Eric BrougISBN: 9054601345, published bij Bulaaq Publishers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands This book shows in a clear step-by-step approach how to make traditional Islamic geometrical designs. Traditional Islamic craftsmen weren't mathematicians, they had practical knowledge of geometry, their tools for making geometrical designs were a compass and a ruler. This book uses the same design principle. It demonstrates how Islamic craftsmen would draw a hexagon and a pentagon with only their tools of a compass and a ruler. The method used in this book is new and innovative; it makes it easy for enthusiasts of any age to learn how to make their own designs. The book contains twenty different geometrical designs, ranging from simple to complex. All designs are related to a location in the Islamic world where they can be found. For example, there are designs from:- the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain- the Mustansiriya Mosque in Baghdad, Iraq- the Esrefoglu Mosque in Beysehir, Turkey- the Sheikh Abd al-Samad Complex in Natanz, Iran- the tomb of Bibi Jawindi in Uch, Pakistan- the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria- the Tomb of Jalal al-Din Hussein in Uzgen, Kirgizstanthe book is accompanied with an interactive CD-Rom that contains all twenty designs presented as animations, printable gridpaper PDF's, printable colouring designs, interactive photographs and an extensive photogallery showing highlights of Islamic geometrical compositions.

COMMENT:There is ample evidence that Mathematicians actually instructed Artisans to develop complex patterns. Using Compass and ruler is limited to simple geometries (Prof. Salim Al-Hassani)

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