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Book Code: 368 / Major: Art ,

Philosophy of the Islamic Art

Author: Zahra Rahnavard, PhD
Number of Pages: 188
Seventh Print: 2012 Published: 2008

In the domain of culture, wherever there is talk of religious, national and cultural identity, Islamic art, which is a great part of our nations and the Islamic worlds and the orients artistic-cultural legacy, has a rightful claim on being the driving force behind the construction of such identity.

This book casts an original look on Islamic art and also provides a novel reading of it in order to organize the essence of its full life into an intuitive-rational and social-mental scheme and to disclose an innovative outlook on its exquisiteness and potentials.

The book adds to the preceding studies an original view broadened by an exegetical process (taavil) in which the earth is deciphered to be an allegorical centre and the two centers of the earth and the heaven- heavens in the Quranic discourse- are finally united.

The book is organized into four chapters. In the first chapter which is the general discussion of the phenomenology of the philosophy of Islamic art, the higher foundations (Bonyadhay e Estelaei) of religious philosophy and art are probed into. In the second chapter, methods of studying Islamic art are put as the subcategory of a more astute technique which is named exegesis (taavil), and afterwards on the basis of this technique, the artists in Tao art and Islamic art are analyzed comparatively with regard to the themes of salvation and territory. In the third chapter, there is a case study of the art and literature of the Islamic Revolution, in which the two coded centers of the earth and the heaven unite in a particular sphere. The fourth chapter is also a case study in which the originator of art is either fashioned or discovered and the first artistic works acquire meaning and the questions of the historians of art and their putative answers are evaluated.

There are colorful and also black and white pictures in the book.

Pictures and references come at the end of the book.

This book is suggested for the BA and MA students of art, majoring in architecture, painting, illustration, handicrafts, traditional arts and study of art as the main textbook for the course philosophy of Islamic art.

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