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Understanding the origins, influences and contemporary developments
- What is Islamic Art?
- A brief history of Islamic art and the early influences on this art
- Establishment of traditional Islamic Art
- The movement of Islamic art practice from the East to West
- The rise of contemporary Islamic Art
“The term ‘Islamic art’ refers not only to the art made for Islamic practices and settings but also to the art made by and for people who lived or live in lands where most – or the most important – people were or are Muslims, that is believers in Islam. The term is, therefore, used somewhat differently than such comparable terms as ‘Christian’ or ‘Buddhist’ art: Islamic art refers to the arts of all Islamic cultures and not just to the arts related to the religion of Islam.”
Islamic Arts (Art & Ideas), Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, Phaidon Press Ltd (Jun 1997)
Beautification of the Qur’an was encouraged with the repeated mention of perfection and beauty in the Qur’an. And the reported saying (Hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):
“Almighty Allah is Beautiful (splendid in His perfection) and loves beauty.”
However, the ban against using imagery with people or animals originates from the following Hadith where the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was reported to have said:
“The most severely punished of people on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers, those who tried to imitate the creation of Allah.”
As Muslims adhere to the teachings of both the Qur’an and the Sunnah (the actions and sayings of the Prophet), the above comment becomes quite important in a religious context.
Geometry and pattern-making
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