The Islamic Design Tradition In The U.S.
"In fact, the history of Islamic-influenced architecture in the United States hasn't been given its due for many years. It dates back at least to the late 19th century -- longer if Moorish architecture (a blend of Islamic and Spanish) is considered.
Moorish buildings have existed in the United States since before the 18th century, primarily in the Southwest, where former Spanish citizens brought with them an architectural sense influenced by years of Muslim rule in Spain.
...Islamic architecture is, of course, rooted in Islamic traditions, but the term itself refers to a style of building and design that, as used in the West, has no religious significance. "
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