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  • THE GREAT MOSQUE OF IBN TULUN, AL QATAI: A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM

    The Great Mosque of Ibn Tulun, al Qatai

    Architect: Hassan Ibn Mubarak al Sarmani

    Circa 880 A.D.

    The primary function of architecture is to provide a specific site for social activity through the particular disposition of certain physical elements.

    The arrangement of these elements reflects the arrangement of power and ambition in the society that puts them into place.

    The form a building takes is a crystal; a moment made solid.

    However, the significances of architectural structures are not static facts. They are a perpetual flux of accumulating and dispersing values constantly shifting in response