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Art of Islam . Part 1 Class 1. 1. Introduction, Overview and Key Concepts. OVERVIEW: What to Expect from Class. There is no compulsion in religion. Quran 2:256.

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Art of islam

Art of Islam

Part 1 Class 1



Overview what to expect from class
OVERVIEW: What to Expect from Class

  • There is no compulsion in religion. Quran 2:256


Art of islam

  • Matter-of-fact historical overview of Islamic Arts and Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

    Context for comparison across time and styles. Relation of Islamic Arts to more familiar Western forms.

  • Focus on Moorish, Persian and Ottoman styles.

  • Exploration Islamic arts, sciences and social practices across diverse cultures.

  • Limited discussion of modern trends.

  • Combination of lecture, demonstration, and discussion. Handouts and reading suggestions as appropriate.

  • Available after class for questions.


Key concepts
KEY CONCEPTS Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


What is islamic art
What is Islamic Art? Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


Our definition
OUR DEFINITION Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • Islamic Art is not just made for Islamic practices and places but art made by and for people who live in lands where most, or the most important people, are Muslims.

  • Some Islamic Art was made by Christians, Jews or others for Muslims or their own use. Muslims also created art intended for use by Jews, Christians or others.


General characteristics of islamic art flexibility and tranference across disciplines
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ISLAMIC ART Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.FLEXIBILITY AND TRANFERENCE ACROSS DISCIPLINES


Reinterpretation thru time and across cultures
REINTERPRETATION THRU TIME AND ACROSS CULTURES Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


Adaptability of scale
ADAPTABILITY OF SCALE Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


Caligraphy and the book
CALIGRAPHY AND THE BOOK Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • Importance of Qur’an to Islam gives importance to calligraphy and the art of bookmaking.

  • Calligraphy is considered “Queen” of Islamic Arts as compared with large scale painting in the West.


The arts of transformation
THE ARTS OF TRANSFORMATION Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • REFERS TO ARTISTIC ENDEVORS THAT REQUIRE THE USE OF FIRE TO CREATE THE FINISHED PRODUCT.

  • CERAMIC, GLASS, AND METALWORK.

  • CONSIDERED “DECORATIVE ARTS” IN WEST BUT ARE FINE ARTS FOR ISLAM.


Specific sensory preferences sound not sight
SPECIFIC SENSORY PREFERENCES Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.SOUND NOT SIGHT


Shape not size
SHAPE NOT SIZE Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


Scent not color
SCENT NOT COLOR Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


Moorish time frame and locales
MOORISH TIME FRAME AND LOCALES Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • MOORISH ART INCLUDES SOUTHERN SPAIN AND NORTH AFRICA TO EGYPT.

  • VARIOUS DYNASTIES BUT WITH CULTURAL CONTINUITY AND COHESION.

  • LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.

  • 711 TO 1300CE WITH FOCUS ON 1000-1350CE.


Persian time frame and locales
PERSIAN TIME FRAME AND LOCALES Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • PERSIAN CULTURAL CORE CONSISTS OF AREA BOUNDED BY CASPIAN SEA IN NORTH, EUPHRATES TO EAST, PERSIAN GULF AND ARABIAN SEA IN SOUTH AND AFGHAN HIGHLANDS TO EAST.

  • PERSIAN NOT IRANIAN.

  • LANGUAGE IS FARSI AND IS WRITTEN IN ARABIC SCRIPT.


Different times for different arts
DIFFERENT TIMES FOR DIFFERENT ARTS Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • 8TH TO 17TH CENTURIES CE.

  • POETRY 13-17TH CENTURIES CE.

  • ARCHITECTURE 7 TO 19TH CENTURIES CE.

  • ARTS OF TRANSFORMATION ACROSS ALL PERIODS.


Ottoman time frame and locales
OTTOMAN TIME FRAME AND LOCALES Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


Ottoman not turkish
OTTOMAN NOT TURKISH Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • OTTOMAN BORDERS VARIED OVER TIME.

  • ENCOMPASED WIDE VARIETY OF ETHNIC GROUPS , LANGUAGES AND RELIGIONS.

  • MAIN LANGUAGE WAS OTTOMAN WRITTEN IN ARABIC SCRIPT.

  • 1450 TO 1800CE FOCUS.


Five pillars of islam
FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • THERE IS NO GOD BUT GOD AND MOHAMMED IS HIS PROPHET

  • PRAY 5 TIMES A DAY

  • CHARITY

  • FAST DURING RAMADAM

  • PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA ONCE IN A LIFETIME IF ABLE


Need more information
NEED MORE INFORMATION? Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • Refer to hand out for a general overview of the Five Pillars and Six Foundations.

  • Best book for more in depth discussion is Karen Armstrong, Islam

  • If you have questions or want more information we are available after class.


Allah
ALLAH Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • ALLAH IS THE ARABIC WORD FOR GOD. IT IS NO DIFFERENT FROM GOTT IN GERMAN OR DIEU IN FRENCH. IT ONLY MEANS GOD, NOT A SPECIFICIALLY MUSLIM GOD.


Muhammad is the prophet of god
MUHAMMAD IS THE PROPHET OF GOD Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • ONLY A MAN.

  • PROPHET AND MESSANGER THRU WHOM GOD SENT THE KORAN.

  • PREEMINENT ROLE MODEL FOR LEADING A MUSLIM LIFE.


Six foundations of faith
SIX Foundations of Faith Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • Believe in God

  • His angels

  • His messengers/prophets

  • His Books

  • His determination of all things

  • The Day of Judgment


Belife in koran
BELIFE IN KORAN Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • PROVIDES SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ALL ART FORMS JUST AS SCRIPTURES DO FOR JEW AND CHRISTIANS.


Artistic consequences of belief
ARTISTIC CONSEQUENCES OF BELIEF Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


No images of god
NO IMAGES OF GOD Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • GOD IS INEFFABLE. MUSLIMS DO NOT ASSOCIATE HIM WITH ANY FORM.

  • ISLAM DID NOT DEVELOP TRADTION OF LARGE SCALE PAINTING OR SCULPTURE BECAUSE OF THIS.


God is one
GOD IS ONE Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • INTERIOR SPACE IN MOSQUES IS OPEN AND UNDIVDED UNLIKE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES WHICH MAY HAVE SIDE AISLES AND SIDE CHAPELS.


Mohammed is his prophet
MOHAMMED IS HIS PROPHET Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • NO REPRESENTATION OF MOHAMMED TO AVOID TREATING HIM AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN A MAN.

  • NO RESPRESENTATION OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS IN SACRED SPACES.

  • PUT ARTISTIC FOCUS ON AREAS WEST DOES’NT CONSIDER “FINE ARTS”.


Geography and geology
GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • ARID, SEMI ARID AND DESERT LANDS.

  • MAIN WATER SOURCES LARGE RIVER SYSTEMS OF NILE, TIGRIS, EUPHRATES, AMU DARYA, INDUS AND GANGES.

  • VAST STEPPES FROM CENTAL ASIA THRU TO TURKEY.

  • POCKETS OF HIGH, RUGGED MOUNTAIN RANGES AND DEEP VALLEYS SEPARATED FROM ONE ANOTHER.


Culture flows east to west not north to south
CULTURE FLOWS EAST TO WEST NOT NORTH TO SOUTH Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.


Effects on art and culture
EFFECTS ON ART AND CULTURE Culture. Exploration of the roles religion, geography and tradition have played.

  • GEOGRAPHY PROVIDES THE INSPIRATION FOR 4 OF THE 6 UNIVERSAL THEMES-INFINITY, NIGHT, THE RIVER/WATER, THE MOUNTAIN.

  • IT CREATES THE NECESITY FOR HOSPITALITY TO OTHERS IN SUCH HARSH CLIMATES.