- Mosques were the most important religious Muslim architecture
- Design originates from the house of Muhammed
- When Muhammed became the leader, his house became a place where people came to practice religious and political activities, and get advice
- Had an open courtyard with shaded perimeter
- When Islam spread into non Arabic lands, Mosques started to adopt architecture from other religions
- Used byzantine domes and Persian pointed Arches
- Used Minarets from Christian bell towers
- First inspired by Muhammad's house, then by absorption of foreign architecture.
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