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The tallest indian minaret

​The Qutub Minar is a towering 73 meter high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. 44 more words


Minaret: A novel

Author: Leila Aboulela

Language: English

Summary: Leila Aboulela’s American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman — once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London — gradually embracing her orthodox faith. 163 more words


Khiva: in and around the Ichan-Qala.

I left to examine the residential area west of the Ichan-Qala. There are fewer major monuments than in the area to the east of the Ichan-Qala, but enough exist to make the detour highly worthwhile, even though, with the exception of one medressa, they are in a poor state of repair. 1,248 more words


Khiva: the Ichan-Qala and Bazaar.

After a very filling breakfast, Davron led us on a tour of the Ichan-Qala, a tour which included visits to many of its most notable monuments (we had free access to all the monuments, but had to pay a fee for taking photos. 622 more words


Khiva: first impressions.

Because we would spend a lot of time in the Ichan-Qala the following day, for my first walk I examined the gateway in the outer wall, the walls near the gateway, a dirt road leading south into small fields and orchards, and the overwhelmingly residential area to the east of the Ichan-Qala. 1,004 more words


Qutb Minar

“For driving in India you need 3 things,” our driver said as we left the car park at Indira Gandhi International Airport. “Good horn. Good breaks. 832 more words


1350-1500: Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Turks established a rich urban life with their symmetrical architecture that self contained symmetrical compositions set adrift in an otherwise casual fabric of winding streets. 130 more words