A Perspective for Understanding Islamic Art

So, I did not know the meaning of the word Aniconism. I discovered it today.

“Aniconism is the practice of or belief in the avoiding or shunning of images of divine beings, prophets or other respected religious figures, or in different manifestations, any human beings or living creatures.” Via Wikipedia

And thanks is due, to this article:

“Depending on which school of thought a Muslim belongs to, and what evidences they choose to believe, one may believe that all images, photographs, and statues of animate creatures are strictly forbidden.  Some Muslims believe that it is better to avoid creating representations of animate living things such as animals or humans and that other inanimate life forms like flowers, plants and trees are safer choices for objets d’art.” : Aniconism in Islamic Art:

Living in a country that exposes you to so many art and architectural forms and styles, which also often influence each other, it can be difficult to notice the differences. I am very glad I stumbled upon this article; I’ll probably see things in a completely different perspective.


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