Islamic art & spirituality
This is the first book in the English language to deal with the spiritual significance of Islamic art including not only the plastic arts, but also literature and music. Rather than only dealing with the history of the various arts of Islam or their description, the author relates the form, content, symbolic language, meaning, and presence of these arts to the very sources of the Islamic revelation. Relying upon his extensive knowledge of the Islamic religion in both its exoteric and esoteric dimensions as well as the various Islamic sciences, the author relates Islamic art to the inner dimensions of the Islamic revelation and the spirituality which has issued from it. He brings out the spiritual significance of the Islamic arts ranging from architecture to music as seen, heard, and experienced by one living within the universe of the Islamic tradition. In this work the reader is made to understand the meaning of Islamic art for those living within the civilization which created it.
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a.h. solar alif Arabic archetypes architecture of Islam art of Islam artistic aspect Attar barakah beauty become birds Blessed Prophet Burckhardt centre centuries chapter colour commentary cosmic cosmological cosmos created dimension Divine Presence doctrine earth earthly esoteric existence external forms Forouzanfar gnosis hadith harmony heart Heaven hoopoe human Ibn ArabI initiatic inner intellectual Islamic architecture Islamic art Islamic calligraphy Islamic metaphysics Islamic revelation Islamic spirituality Islamic tradition Islamic world Jalal al-DIn journey language letters light logic and poetry ma'na manifestation Mantiq al-tayr masterpieces Mathnawi meaning metaphysical mosque Muslim mysteries Nasr paradise Persian Persian music poet poetic primordial principles Quran Quranic revelation R. A. Nicholson reality reflection religion religious rhythms Rumi Rumi's Ruml sacred architecture sacred art saints Schuon sense Shams soul space spiritual music spiritual significance STmurgh style Sufi master Sufism symbolism Tehran thou tion traditional art traditional Islamic trans transcendent truth Unity verses wahdat al-wujud Zoroastrian