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Islamic Aesthetics : An Introduction - Oliver Leaman

Islamic Aesthetics

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780748617357
Number Of Pages: 216

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Is there something unique about Islamic art? This book argues that there is not - that Islam does not play an leading role in the aesthetic judgements that we should make about objects created in the Islamic world.It is often argued that a very special sort of consciousness went into creating Islamic art, that it is very different from other forms of art, that Muslims are not allowed to portray human beings in their art, and that calligraphy is the supreme Islamic art form. Oliver Leaman challenges all these ideas, showing them to be misguided. Instead he suggests that the sort of criteria we should apply to Islamic art are identical to the criteria applicable to art in general, and that the attempt to put Islamic art into a special category is a result of orientalismKey Features:*Criticises the influence of Sufism on Islamic aesthetics*Deals with issues arising in painting, calligraphy, architecture, gardens, literature, films, and music*Pays close attention to the Qur'an*Argument includes examples from history, art, philosophy, theology and the artefacts of the Islamic worldThe reader is invited to view Islamic art as no more and no less than ordinary art, neither better nor worse than anything else that counts as art. It follows that there are no special techniques required in Islamic aesthetics as compared with any other form of aesthetics.

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Oliver Leaman has written yet another challenging and iconoclastic work. This is a useful and imaginative project and clearly fills a need! Leaman is an accomplished and productive author and the book will be of genuine and considerable interest. -- Professor Lenn E. Goodman, Vanderbilt University, Nashville Oliver Leaman is a very distinguished, internationally regarded scholar of philosophy! his profound philosophical knowledge enables him to apply and analyse concepts of aesthetics to a multitude of art forms. -- Professor Ian R. Netton, University of Leeds ... although it claims to be but an introduction to the subject, it is an engaging and comprehensive one, with up-to-the-minute, primary-sourced chapters on literature, music, the Qur'an and medieval philosophies of seeing, not to mention the four on the visual arts. -- British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies Oliver Leaman has written yet another challenging and iconoclastic work. This is a useful and imaginative project and clearly fills a need! Leaman is an accomplished and productive author and the book will be of genuine and considerable interest. Oliver Leaman is a very distinguished, internationally regarded scholar of philosophy! his profound philosophical knowledge enables him to apply and analyse concepts of aesthetics to a multitude of art forms. ... although it claims to be but an introduction to the subject, it is an engaging and comprehensive one, with up-to-the-minute, primary-sourced chapters on literature, music, the Qur'an and medieval philosophies of seeing, not to mention the four on the visual arts.

Foreword; Introduction; 1. Eleven Common Mistakes about Islamic Art; 2. God as Creator, Calligraphy and Symbolism; 3. Religion, Style and Art; 4. Literature; 5. Music; 6. Home and Garden; 7. The Miraculousness of the Qur'an; 8. Philosophy and Ways of Seeing; 9. Interpreting Art, Interpreting Islam, Interpreting Philosophy; Notes; Bibliography; Index of Qur'anic Passages; Index.

ISBN: 9780748617357
ISBN-10: 0748617353
Series: The New Edinburgh Islamic Surveys
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.34

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