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Art & Islam

Art & Islam

The importance of art to the Islamic religious tradition makes perfect sense when you consider our discussion in class about how all things on Earth glorify and praise God. Consequently, creating art is an act of. The purpose of art is to reflect the Divine and serve as a reminder of God’s glory. For this(…)

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The Fan Is On, Feel It Cool

The Fan Is On, Feel It Cool

When I looked at the display case, ornamented with golden strokes, vibrant glazes and brilliant stones, it shined with exception to a small sculpture of our humble, matt clay form reciting the Quran and old pages of its verse. These seemed to absorb the light reflected by the other art. Behold the Book! No trace(…)

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Islamic Spirituality and Art

Islamic Spirituality and Art

The blue ceramic with letters on it, the ornamental pieces featuring verses from the Qur’an, a Qur’an and books of supplications. Seeing all of this made me think of the people who, so long ago, made it all. I imagined every laborious stroke of each word and verse, hoping they didn’t make any mistakes. I(…)

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Form/Spirituality

Form/Spirituality

The first object that caught my eye was the protective garment of an Ottoman Sultan with Quranic inscription to ensure his protection and good luck. The font at the bottom says “Oh, the Lord of all openings” and at the top says, “Oh, the best company”.  The garment has many colors and is beautifully painted(…)

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Relationship Between Islamic Spirituality and Art

Relationship Between Islamic Spirituality and Art

In the Islamic tradition, art is not separate from scripture or spirituality. Art is utilized as a means of contemplation and glorification of the Divine like everything else in Islam. Titus Burckhardt argues that art is a projection into the dimensions of Divine Unity. It removes the subjectivity of the artist from its creation. Islamic(…)

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Islamic Art

Islamic Art

In The Spirituality of Islamic Art, Burkhardt writes: “The art of Islam, without doubt, is essentially a contemplative art. This means that it expresses above all a state of the soul that is open toward the interior, toward an encounter with the Divine Presence” (506). This quote illuminates that spirituality is prominently embedded in all(…)

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Art as the Essence of Spirituality

Art as the Essence of Spirituality

As a child, I grew up learning the Bible in the Baptist Church (A branch of Christianity). From past knowledge, I know that there is more than one way to praise God. The most common is through prayer, but I have been exposed to singing, dance, and teaching others. However, in Islam, other ways to(…)

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Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

I frequently work on my capstone project in the Religion lounge, and so I have looked at the collection of Islamic art that is on display several times, especially when I have writer’s block. However, this is the first time that I have looked at the collection through the lens of Islamic cosmology, and I can see several(…)

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Islamic Art & Spirituality

Islamic Art & Spirituality

Aliyah Abu-Hazeem Professor J. Mahallati Intro to the Qur’an Spirituality & Islamic Art              One of the most communal dualities is between art and religion. Typically, art is viewed as objective because it is created intrinsic to each person based upon their artistic practices; whereas, religion on the other hand is wholly subjective in so(…)

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Ariana Enzerink: Islamic Art and Spirituality

Ariana Enzerink: Islamic Art and Spirituality

In the Arabic language, the shapes of words have great significance and meaning, so it isn’t surprising that artistic art forms can portray and convey important religious messages as well.  Islamic art can be thought of as the art of civilization based on Islamic religion.  Any form of art has the capabilities to move the(…)

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Robert Yu

Robert Yu

After quickly browsing the art display I immediately was drawn to the incredible use of text and calligraphy on most of the pieces, from the prayer beads to the plates. I found this intriguing, because when I first think of art I think of pieces that do not usually include text. As I reflected more on this thought(…)

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Mengchen Xu

Mengchen Xu

Among the artworks in the Islamic Art collection of Religion department, I like the Four Rings in particular. They are ellipse, a little bit bigger than human’s eyes. They seem to be made out of dark-colored stone, carved or painted with Qur’an verses in light colors. Since Qur’an is the direct representation of God, the round shape makes(…)

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Nathan Teetor

Nathan Teetor

I notice first the geometric designs that are present in the majority of the pieces on display. While I understand there is much sensitivity in representing Allah in a picture I also believe there are deeper meanings within the use of geometric designs. Let us consider the process of unveiling. This process requires continually inward attention. Consciously or unconsciously(…)

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Andrew Rindlaub

Andrew Rindlaub

Taken together, these artifacts demonstrate the intense value in detail and beauty surrounding sacred text. The Quran, as the physical embodiment of God’s word, has such sacred value that seems unparalleled in other major religions, which means that more so than artifacts. I’ve seen of other religions of the Book, things like the turquoise stones and four rings(…)

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Anita Peebles

Anita Peebles

While looking at the art in the display case, I was again struck by the importance and beauty of words in Islamic tradition. All of the vases and jewelry with the calligraphy in many royal colors were astounding in their aesthetic. The words of the Quran, verses of poetry about the Divine/Beloved, and texts of supplications have many(…)

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Kevin Messinger

Kevin Messinger

The collection of Islamic art in Rice was quite visually stunning initially; each piece is seemingly painstakingly crafted and immaculately designed, some of them before more modern artistic techniques had even been developed. Indeed the pieces are beautiful but the most interesting flair of most of these pieces was the Quranic inscriptions written in elegant calligraphy to decorate the(…)

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