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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses1994 (PC020404.04) ➔ The Use of Light in Islamic Architecture


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Elayne Sara McBarnette (designer)


November 1994


Islam is the fastest growing major religion in the world. For centuries it has had huge followings in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Indonesia, Polynesia, India and China; however, it is now in a period of renaissance that stretches far into the Western world, particularly the United States. This is partly because many people from Islamic countries have relocated to the West retaining their beliefs and lifestyle. It is also because there have been large numbers of converts embracing Islam, its philosophy and its lifestyle. Islamic needs and attitudes have a distinct impact on the lighting and architecture of its followers. As Islam becomes more prevalent in the Western world, it is incumbent upon lighting designers in the West to learn to create lighted environments relevant to Islamic sensibilities. This thesis explores the various aspects of lighting in Islamic architecture.



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