As I reflect about Islamic art and architecture I am reminded of certain details. Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored materials. This is exemplified in the siding of the Dome of the Rock where blues and whites are applied to bring about contrasting balancing.
Domes are the curved upside-down bowl-shaped roofs and minarets art the tall spires from which prayer is called.
As I reflect about the early stages of Sunni, Shiite, Sufi Islam, I am reminded of certain details. Sunni Islam is.It was first formulatedShiite is a shortened form of a historic phrase meaning "the followers of Ali." Shiites regard Ali as the most important figure after Muhammad. This identity emerged during the lifetime of Muhammad and the theology was formulated in the second century. The first Shiite societies emerged about 300 years after the Hijra. Sufi Islam is the mystical dimension of Islam. It was first formulated among Muslims in protest against the materialism of the Umayyad Caliphate (661-750 CE). It focuses on esoteric practice if Islamic beliefs.