Tuesday, 04 October 2011 18:05

Excerpts from The Heart of Islam

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)

 

Wednesday, 01 February 2012 17:50

Islamic Art – Form and Meaning

One of the most remarkable and significant languages that Islam speaks is the language of art and form embodying meaning. This language in truth directly reaches the human heart and mind and touches all creatures, expressing the eternal essential truth that Islam brought—for that truth is best embodied in an artistic way. As the Prophet Muhammad stated: ‘God is Beauty and He loves Beauty.’............ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)