Islamic Art and Spirituality

ISBN-10: 0887061753

ISBN-13: 9780887061752

Edition: 1987

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Description: With remarkable breadth of vision, Seyyed Hossein Nasr reveals for both Western and Muslim readers how each art form in the islamic tradition is based upon a science of nature concerned, not with the outer appearance of things, but with their inner reality. Ranging across calligraphy, painting, architecture, literature, music, and the plastic arts, Nasr penetrates to the inner dimension of Islam and shows the role art plays in the life of individual Muslims and the community as a whole--the role of inspiring the remembrance and contemplation of God.Once the author establishes art as an aid and support to the spiritual life, he traces the creative act to its ultimate source: inner knowledge and barakah, or grace, which make the crystallization of inner realities in form and space and time possible. Through this knowledge and grace, the author asserts, unity manifests upon the plane of multiplicity, making archetypal realities perceivable by the senses. Through this knowledge and grace, art functions as a ladder for the journey of the soul from the visible to the invisible. How Islamic art leads man to the inner chamber of divine revelation forms the substance of much of this important work.An especially close look is given to the Sufi tradition within Islam, for its mystical teachers have often clearly demonstrated in their works the spiritual significance of beauty and served as the source of inspiration for art.By rediscovering the root of art in the Islamic tradition, Seyyed Hossein Nasr opens doors to new dimensions of unity which have seemingly been obscured in recent Western art. In so doing, he extends the significance of this book beyond the Islamic belief system to touch the hearts and creative impulses of readers from all traditions.

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 2/12/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Relation between Islamic Art and Islamic Spirituality
Art and the Sacred
The Spiritual Message of Islamic Calligraphy
The Principle of Unity and the Sacred Architecture of Islam
Sacred Art in Persian Culture
Literature
Metaphysics, Logic and Poetry in the Orient
The Flight of Birds to Union: Meditations upon 'Attar's Mantiq al-tayr
Rumi, Supreme Poet and Sage
Rumi and the Sufi Tradition
Music
Islam and Music
The Influence of Sufism on Traditional Persian Music
The Plastic Arts
The World of Imagination and the Concept of Space in the Persian Miniature
The Significance of the Void in Islamic Art
Postscript
The Spiritual Message of Islamic Art
List of monochrome plates
List of coloured plates
Index
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