Nishapur pottery. Islam was a defining force in the daily lives of people of the region, and likewise had an effect on the arts as well. Following strictly the dictate that 'thou shalt not create any graven images,' Islamic artists were prohibited from the depiction of figures of people or animals in art. Instead the art of Islam abounds with floral motifs and intricate geometry and arabesques. The earliest, written, cursive form of Arabic is known as Kufic, and the bold, flowing script can be 20
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