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HOUSES. The dwellings that Muslims have constructed and occupied are as varied as the geographical and cultural landscapes in which they have lived. For building materials, until the last quarter of the twentieth century, they have relied on resources readily at hand. In many parts of Africa, Arabia, andAsia, the primary material used by sedentary peoples has been earth. In rocky regions, stone construction is widespread, as inYemen,Mecca,Lebanon, andPalestine. Cut stone was the main material, o ...more

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