Friday, August 5, 2011

Keeping cool in Ramadan

Is that a reflection or a shadow on the floor of the entrance to Jerusalem's Museum of Islamic Art?
Does it go to James' Weekend Reflections or Tracy's Shadow Shot Sunday?
Enlarge the picture better to see what created the reflection/shadow.

The delicate pattern from the windows is even echoed in the museum's benches.
And hey, there's definitely a shadow under the bench!

Here are the holes in the bench from above.
You still see a few examples of this on upper windows in the Old City.
The mashrabiy or rushan is an element of traditional Arabic architecture used since the Middle Ages up to the mid twentieth century
The wooden lattice would prevent people down on the street from seeing the women in their home and yet would allow the women to see what was happening in the street. Or so it was explained to me.
In addition to the social aspect of privacy, the rushan was like a primitive air conditioner.
Wikipedia says "The wooden screen with openable windows gives shade and protection from the hot summer sun while allowing the cool air from the street to flow through. The wood itself absorbs the humidity from the air."
This year Ramadan falls in August, the hottest month of the year.
Not drinking or eating during the long hot day must be a real test of character.
Wishing Ramadan kareem to our Muslim readers.


Birdman said...

I like that bench shot. Never would have guessed.

Rob and Mandy said...

Must be hard. Night time here is from 10.30 PM till 5.30 AM, more or less. Very long days.

Spiderdama said...

I think it`s both shadow and reflection. Great light in your pictures too.
Must be very hard with Ramadan.., food ok, but drink?

jennyfreckles said...

Pretty and practical too. I like that.

'Tsuki said...

Nice pics, Dina.

jeannette said...

In my opinion it's a reflection...have a great weekend!

James said...

I see a reflection on the bench and a shadow below. Nicely captured!

Dina said...

James, oh yeah, you're right! The video presentation is reflected in the bench too!

Hels said...

This year Ramadan falls in your hot month of August. I agree that not drinking or eating during the long hot day for a month would be extremely testing!! Just getting through Yom Kippur once a year is difficult enough and we congratulate ourselves on surviving that.

I am not sure what the appropriate expression is to wish people well during Ramadan, but survive well people.

Kim, USA said...

Reflection sometimes fool us hehe. Great two reflection had to enlarge most specially the first photo since I was not able to guess it. ^_^

Sunset reflection

Dianne said...

Hi Dina - I see reflection and shadows.

"Adelaide and Beyond"

Anonymous said...

To understand ones spirit, indeed a challenge.

Please have a good weekend.

Cloudia said...

just lovely.

Dina, is it true that in Israeli law
if you kill a felafel man it is considered "Hummus- Cide?"

Shabbat Shalom with Aloha from Waikiki;

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PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'll go with reflection Dina! What a very interesting post,I think I might be able to handle the not eating in the day, but if very hot the not drinking would be hard and I would have imagined not too healthy either.

diane b said...

Interesting facts about the lattice design. I always worried about the muslim children at my school during Ramadan because they would play in the sun and dehydrate but they were not to drink .

JM said...

Love that first shot. It was Ramadan when I visited Egypt. What I have learned!

LauraX said...

so many beautiful patterns...just lovely Dina.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

It's a reflection/shadow, Dina!


Sing a song of shadows
Taller than a tree!
Sing a song of shadows
Wider than the sea!
Sing a song of shadows
Dancing in the sun!
Sing a song of shadows—
Day is almost done!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadowy Bars

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice details and your shots, too.


Sara at Come Away With Me said...

There is always something interesting to discover here at Jerusalem Hills daily photo! I imagine when seen from the inside, those wooden lattices would cast lovely dappled shade onto the tiles and walls too.

Annabella said...

That`s really interesting - thanks for sharing. Lovely shadows too. I live in Morocco where temps hit 115 F in August and it`s tough this Ramadan!

Kay L. Davies said...

I love the shadow under the bench. Beautiful.
And I, too, wish our Muslim friends all the best for Ramadan.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Arija said...

The reflections in the high gloss of the floor in the first one are just splendid Dina.

It is always hard when something is prohibited. Even if normally you could go all day without, when it is forbidden, you develop a real craving. I am on no salt and restricted fluids (1.5 litres) per day. that includes soups, sauces, jellies and milk o my cereal. Sometimes I would give anything just to be able to gulp down a big glass of water.

Shydub said...

Thanks for sharing info about the post. nice shot though

VP said...

I took those benches for tables!

Kay said...

May there be peace and love for everyone. Thank you, Dina.