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Beauty and Islam : aesthetics in Islamic art and architecture

Author: Valérie Gonzalez; Institute of Ismaili Studies.
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press, ©2001.
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Beauty and Islam' explores aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought in the light of contemporary theories, offering new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Qur'an and the Alhambra to the works of present day artists and philosophers. Tracing the roots of Islamic aesthetics back to the works of the great philosophers of the Middle Ages such as Avicenna and Averroes,  Read more...
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Gonzalez, Valérie.
Beauty and Islam.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press, ©2001
(DLC) 2001279035
(OCoLC)48253525
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Valérie Gonzalez; Institute of Ismaili Studies.
ISBN: 1417562951 9781417562954 1860646913 9781860646911 1282528335 9781282528338 9780857710758 0857710753
OCLC Number: 57301134
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 134 pages, [16] pages of plates) : color illustrations
Contents: List of Illustrations; Foreword; Preface; Introduction; 1 Beauty and the Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Thought; 2 The Aesthetics of the Solomonic Parable in the Qur'an; 3 Understanding the Comares Hall in the Light of Phenomenology; 4 Abstraction, Kinetics and Metaphor: the 'Geometries' of the Alhambra; 5 The Signifying Aesthetic System of Inscriptions in Islamic Art; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Valérie Gonzalez.
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Beauty and Islam' explores aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought in the light of contemporary theories, offering new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Qur'an and the Alhambra to the works of present day artists and philosophers. Tracing the roots of Islamic aesthetics back to the works of the great philosophers of the Middle Ages such as Avicenna and Averroes, Valerie Gonzalez finds that aesthetic theory in Islam must be seen within the much wider context of parallel thinking on theology, ethics, physics and metaphysics.

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