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Night shot for the Museum of Islamic Art, a museum located in the Qatari capital Doha and designed by architect I. M. Pei is a Chinese American architect, often called a master of modern architecture.
Pei conducted an extensive geographic search for the essence of Islamic architecture only to discover the wide range of regional differences separating, for example, the Grand Mosque in Córdoba, Spain (begun in the 8th century), from the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri in India (completed in 1574). Finally, in the arcaded courtyard of the Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun in Cairo, he found inspiration in the 13th-century domed ablution fountain with its arched base that steps up in severe block forms, where sharp angles are delineated by sunlight and shadow.

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