Date Approved

2017

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Technology Studies

Committee Member

Shinming Shyu

Committee Member

Jiang Lu

Committee Member

Sara Smereka

Abstract

The aim of this qualitative study is to explore the modernization of Islamic art in the realm of architecture through six case studies representing traditional and modern mosques from an architectural and decorative perspective. By examining published materials and research papers pertaining to the artifacts and analyzing their features, this study attempts to answer the following questions: how has Islamic art and architecture evolved with modern times and technologies? What new trends have aided in the evolution of this art? and have culture and religion influenced the evolution of Islamic art and continue to play a major role in its modernization?. This paper conducted comparative studies between artifacts according to their chronological timelines and geographical locations. The findings showed that social media and technologies aided in this evolution. In addition, trends of minimalism, symbolism, and the notion of isolation became apparent. Multi-cultural influences and religion continue to empower the evolution.

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