Art

Zoe Martens

Zoe Martens

The art reflected the significant Muslim belief that there is no divide between the secular and the sacred. Each work of art was not only visually beautiful, but beautiful in that it praised Allah and brought blessing and good omen. Despite the fact that the art pieces came from many different countries from Iran to Thailand, they all(…)

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Dana Lipper

Dana Lipper

The art pieces are all exquisite and beautiful, with meaning behind each one, adding to the beauty. Something I noticed in all of them was the color and repetition. The bright, deep, colors, as well as the repetition of patterns, world, and symbols added to the intensity of the pieces. Additionally, this supports the idea that God is(…)

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Zack Knoll

Zack Knoll

The religion department art display is visually stunning and drew me in simply through its vibrancy of color and pattern—which seems to be a standard in much Islamic art. I was very interested in the way that the Arabic text is transformed from language into intricate patterns and images via calligraphy. This was most apparent to me in(…)

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Johnnie Kallas

Johnnie Kallas

After reviewing the display of Islamic art in the Religion department hall, a major conclusion I have reached is the impossibility of separating religion from artistic work in the Islamic world. Art forms, such as poetry, contain an inherently religious meaning that is not always true with regard to art in the West. A lot of the artwork(…)

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Amy Jackson-Smith

Amy Jackson-Smith

The presence of the written word of God in the art on display really stands out to me. The pieces on display range from more decorative (stones) to more useful (jars, plates, and prayer books). The presence of Quranic passages on work that would otherwise be simply decorative makes the art sacred, and the artistry of the calligraphy,(…)

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Caio Ingber

Caio Ingber

All of the pieces in the art exhibit have very clear and present Quranic influences. Many of them have either verses from the Quran written on them in a calligraphic style or instruct Muslims on the proper forms of recitation. The influence of the Quran in all in the pieces indicates the major influence God has on Muslim(…)

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Mirayla Hylbom

Mirayla Hylbom

Currently, a number of exquisite pieces of Islamic art are on display in Oberlin’s own Rice Hall. While all the pieces were beautiful and fascinating, what struck my attention the most were the Islamic prayer beads made here in Oberlin. I was not aware that prayer beads were a custom in Islam, but as a Catholic I’m no(…)

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Abbie Hudson

Abbie Hudson

One of the most important elements of the Islamic art represented in the display is the centrality of the Qur’an. Most of the pieces had verses or even whole chapters of the Qur’an imprinted on them. This was the case with the more traditional art forms such as tapestries, and even with the jewelry and sculpture. There were(…)

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Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth Foster

In viewing the exhibition of Islamic religious art, I couldn’t help but note the intricacy and decadence of detail used in each piece. In learning about Mosques and the interior void of idols or decoration, these beautiful pieces seemed an interesting contrast. While this could seem a contradiction, in truth I think it reaffirms the idea of a(…)

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Nick Elitzik

Nick Elitzik

First of all, this book is absolutely beautiful. I lover the color scheme, the little flowers, the neat and lively arabic cursive, the border designs, and the margin spaces, especially the water mark-looking impressions that say to me, this is a book! Much more than plain white pages, these pages give the visceral impression that its pages are(…)

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Marissa Cross

Marissa Cross

The most striking thing about this exhibit is the way it showcases the inseparability of religion and everyday life for Muslims. Everyday objects such as plates and rings were inscribed with beautiful calligraphy of the Quran so that people can constantly be reminded of God. In particular, there were a few beautiful turquoise rings on display. These had(…)

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Hazel Crampton-Hayes

Hazel Crampton-Hayes

I found the collection of Muslim art to be exquisitely beautiful and detailed. In class we have discussed the incorporation of calligraphy into works of art and it was definitely helpful to see that played out in actual works of art. The use of verses from the Quran as art and as parts of art helped to show(…)

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Emily Clarke

Emily Clarke

The art in the display case is both beautiful and functional; objects like the ceramic plate in the Mina art form of Iran contain 99 names of Allah, all radiating outwards from text in the center, in recognition, thanks, perhaps prayer. An object as mundane as a plate thus becomes ornate through calligraphy, mirroring in its spread the(…)

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Rachel Bandeira

Rachel Bandeira

What struck me most about the art being displayed was how vibrant and elaborate each piece was. One of the more fascinating aspects of the art for me was the use of blue and gold as both background decoration and in the calligraphy or focus of the art itself, as these two seemed to be, overall, the dominating(…)

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Clara Berger

Clara Berger

When choosing an artifact in the display to examine I was drawn to the open Qur’an. Throughout the course we have studied the spiritual and authoritative role that the Qur’an holds in Islamic society. As explained in the display’s description, the Qur’an is “as sacred to Muslims as Christ’s body is to Christians”. Its physicality is not simply(…)

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