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Aniconism in Islamic Art

The great majority of visual Islamic Art and Architecture is devoid of the depiction of realistic human and animal figures. But why is this? Why and how does Islam promote aniconism?

Tughra or the official signature of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, circa 1555-60.

In Search of Divine Truth

Striving for beauty through proximity to God is a theme that has always permeated Muslim poetry in different historical contexts. Here’s a look at poetics and ethics in Islamic art. Let the beauty…

Beyond the exotic – the pleasures of ‘Islamic’ Art

What is it that makes ‘Islamic’ art ‘Islamic’? In this brief essay, the author explores what links art spanning 14 centuries, several continents, varying political regimes, internecine differences and cultural and ethnic boundaries….

An Islamic History of Europe

An Islamic History of Europe

  In this 90-minute documentary, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe’s Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning. Rageh travels across…

Ethics and Aesthetics in Islamic Arts

Dr. Tazim R. Kassam The arts rise above the limitations of language and texts to offer a window onto other cultures. Artistic beauty and aesthetics can travel across time and place, and transcend…

Islamic Arts: Introduction and General Considerations

Kathleen Kupier – Britannica Educational Publishing (Islamic Art,Literature And Culture) The vast populations of the Middle East and elsewhere that adopted the Islamic faith from the 7th century onward. These adherents of the…

The Ottoman Madrassa

Plan of the Karatay Madrassa This short article is taken from the full article which is available here as a PDF file   For more than three centuries Muslims used the mosque for…

Islam The Empire Of Faith (The Real History Of Islam)

Islam: Empire Of Faith

This three-part series covers more than a thousand years of Islamic history and culture, with emphasis on the contributions that Muslims have made in science, medicine, art, philosophy, learning, and trade.   The…

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The Nature of Islamic Art

The term Islamic art not only describes the art created specifically in the service of the Muslim faith (for example, a mosque and its furnishings) but also characterizes the art and architecture historically…

Decorative Techniques through Generations in Islamic Art

Whether produced in a courtly or an urban setting or for a religious context, Islamic art is generally the work of anonymous artists. Given the great number of extant examples, comparatively few signatures…

The Dominating Principle of Islamic Art Comes From The Quran

By: Seyyed Hossein Nasr The principle, the truth of the Nature of Reality which dominates over Islamic art and the philosophy of beauty which governs it, comes directly from the Qur’an and hadith….

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