Islamic Design and Its Relation to Mathematics

  • Brian WichmannEmail author
  • David Wade
Living reference work entry


Complex geometrical designs are a familiar feature of Islamic art. Here we consider the historical context of this genre, tracing it back to the influence of the Platonism and Hellenistic Neo-Platonism that Islam encountered in its early conquest of Byzantine territories (in particular the enormous contribution of Euclid).

In addition, the modern analysis is presented showing the relationship in mathematical terms. Such an analysis naturally leads to the presentation of the patterns using computer graphics.


Islamic design Geometry Historic influences Modern graphics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarWokingUK
  2. 2.Independent ScholarLlanidloesUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Bharath Sriraman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesThe University of MontanaMissoulaUSA

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