Isabelle Eberhardt, Abandoning 19th Century Society for Unknown Desert Sands

Born in 1897, Isabelle Eberhardt was a complex and intriguing figure. From childhood she was homeschooled by her staunch non-conformist father, alongside her brother, where they were taught several languages including classical Arabic, ensuring his children were enquiring polyglots, with remarkable attitudes to dress and social acceptability, Isabelle was encouraged to dress as a boy, … More Isabelle Eberhardt, Abandoning 19th Century Society for Unknown Desert Sands

The Mihrāb or Prayer-niche

Titus Burckhardt describes the mihrāb as ‘indisputably a creation of sacred art’, an area in every masjid which indicates the qibla, or direction of the Kāba in Makkah. Art historians believe this element was introduced into masjid architecture during the Umayyad caliph al-Walīd, it’s probable the design replaced a simplified door form, indicating the direction of … More The Mihrāb or Prayer-niche