Beauty and Islam: aesthetics in Islamic art and architecture

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I.B. Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, Nov 3, 2001 - Architecture - 134 pages
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Five essays explore aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought in light of contemporary theories, offering new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Qur'an and the Alhambra to the works of present day artists and philosophers. Tracing the roots of Islamic aesthetics back to the works of the philosophers of the Middle Ages such as Avicenna and Averroes, Valerie Gonzalez finds that aesthetic theory in Islam must be seen within the much wider context of parallel thinking on theology, ethics, physics, and metaphysics. She balances her analysis of this philosophy (moral, logical, and scientific) of beauty with the equally important analysis of the perceptual experience of beauty.

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Beauty and the Aesthetic Experience in Classical
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The Aesthetics of the Solomonic Parable in the Quran
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Understanding the Comares Hall in the Light
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Valerie Gonzalez has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and is currently a Research Associate at the School of Architecture, Marseille.

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