Understanding Islam : Islamic Arts

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Understanding Islam : Islamic Arts

There is a common misconception about the importance of Arts in Islam. Indeed the predominant thought is that arts and beauty have no place in this way of life, yet just a few historical facts simply refute this.

Within a hundred years of the spread of Islam, art began to take importance within the Muslim world, including the forms of calligraphy, painting, ceramics, rugs and carpets, tiling, glass, metalwork, and the carving of rock and ivory. The beauti@ication of architecture was also key, and included the decoration of lamps and tiles, and grew in importance as the Muslim world grew.

Examples of how Islamic art spread and influenced others can be seen in the great mosques of the Ottoman region, and how they influenced the architecture of Rome. The trade of stained glass from Egypt to Vietnam in the 9th century is further testimony of the distinction of Islamic art. This section aims to give you a simple overview of some of the very basic aspects of art in Islam, in an attempt to impart just a nuance of its significance to the Islamic way of life.

Author : Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center, Qatar

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