International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Analysis Study Research Paper | Architecture & Planning | Saudi Arabia | Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023 | Rating: 5.5 / 10

Aleppo's Mosques as Examples of How Solid and Void Interact in Islamic Architecture

Emad Noaime

Abstract: tudy examines the interaction between solid and void elements in the historical Aleppo, Syria, mosques' architectural form. The study's goal is to look into how this interaction has been incorporated into mosque architecture and how that has affected the buildings' appeal on the social, cultural, and aesthetic levels. The study employs a qualitative and quantitative research methodology and includes a review of the literature and site visits to particular Aleppo mosques. The paper examines the historical context of mosque architecture in Aleppo and analyzes the design principles that govern the relationship between solid and void elements. The research shows that the mosques' architectural design exhibits a harmony between solid and void components, resulting in a play of light and shadow that improves worshippers' spiritual experiences. The study also highlights the shifting in therelationship between open and closed spaces in mosques of Aleppo during the Ottoman era, resulting in reduced access to proper ventilation and natural light. The study also demonstrates how, during the modern era, Aleppo's understanding of Solid and Void evolved, reflecting changes in architectural style and urban planning that require a review of the best ways to utilize mosques' exterior squares and reap their social and environmental benefits.

Keywords: Mosques, Aleppo, Solid, Void, Courtyard

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023,

Pages: 38 - 44

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