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Islam and the Religious Arts - Religion & the arts (Hardback)
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Islam and the Religious Arts - Religion & the arts (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 11/03/2004
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Aimed at educationalists and students interested in the world of Islam, this work reveals something of the rich variety and diversity of the religious arts of Islam, an aspect of Islamic art which still remains misunderstood and under-researched. Rather than concentrating solely on the Middle East, it includes examples of visual expression from West Africa to South-east Asia and beyond, from the first century of Islamic history to the present day. The book draws the readers' attention to the enduring impact of 19th century Western perceptions of Islamic art as traditional and decorative, rather than as fine art. The relationship between Islamic theological opinion, the artist-maker and the object is explored in this discussion of religious artistic expression, from early Islamic calligraphy and the mosque to contemporary Iranian poster art, from prayer rugs to sufi performance

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826456052
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 816 g
Dimensions: 244 x 169 x 19 mm


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This is an outstanding text that sheds light on a most misunderstood and volatile area of our world. Appropriate teaching text for any course that looks at the Middle East outside the concepts of war. A worthy choice for a text for University-level Religions of the World. Recommended to libraries in the college and public sector as a general reference text. Electric Review. net, September / October 2004
."..a wonderful study which illuminates many of the styles and motivations that fuel the art and people of Islam. Baker begins her study with a succinct but thorough overview of the history of the Islamic World, detailing its many fascinating aspects.... There is so much information here, and it is presented in an accessible way that will not intimidate the student unfamiliar with these subjects.... Appropriate teaching text for any course that looks at the Middle East outside the concepts of war."- "The Electric Review"
..".a wonderful study which illuminates many of the styles and motivations that fuel the art and people of Islam. Baker begins her study with a succinct but thorough overview of the history of the Islamic World, detailing its many fascinating aspects.... There is so much information here, and it is presented in an accessible way that will not intimidate the student unfamiliar with these subjects.... Appropriate teaching text for any course that looks at the Middle East outside the concepts of war."- "The Electric Review"

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