Tuesday, 04 October 2011 18:05

Excerpts from The Heart of Islam

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In Arabic the words used for art are fann and sina`ah. The second word, like the original Greek term techne and the Latin ars, means simply to make something according to the correct principles. The first means the know-how in doing or making anything correctly and must be combined with wisdom, or hikmah, to become operative as art. In traditional Islamic society art was life itself and not a particular activity, and everything from sewing to cooking to playing music or composing poetry had its own fann............. Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)