By Titus Burckhardt
Often called knowledgeable on Islam, Sufism, and Islamic arts & crafts, Burckhardt provides in-depth analyses of seminal examples of Islamic structure, from Spain and Morocco to Persia and India. He examines Koranic calligraphy and illumination, arabesque, carpets and rugs, Persian miniatures, and lots more and plenty extra whereas making illuminating comparisons with Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist artwork. fantastically illustrated in colour, this masterpiece is gifted in a revised, commemorative variation containing 285 new illustrations and a brand new advent.
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Referred to as a professional on Islam, Sufism, and Islamic arts & crafts, Burckhardt offers in-depth analyses of seminal examples of Islamic structure, from Spain and Morocco to Persia and India. He examines Koranic calligraphy and illumination, arabesque, carpets and rugs, Persian miniatures, and masses extra whereas making illuminating comparisons with Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist paintings.
Titus Burckhardt was once Swiss and an eminent member of the traditionalist tuition. he's probably most sensible identified to the English-speaking public because the writer of the subsequent books: Sacred paintings in East and West; Siena, urban of the Virgin; Moorish tradition in Spain; and Alchemy: technological know-how of the Cosmos, technological know-how of the Soul.
Among 1300 and 1500 C. E. a brand new kind of Sufi Islam took carry between critical Islamic peoples, becoming a member of participants via frequent networks corresponding to state-of-the-art famous paths and orders. realizing modern Sufism calls for a cosmopolitan research of those early life. relocating past a directly account of leaders and events, Shahzad Bashir weaves a wealthy background round the depiction of physically activities via Sufi masters and disciples, essentially in Sufi literature and Persian miniature work of the interval.
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One result of this change of direction was to give the arcades separating the various naves an entirely new feeling; instead of “leading the eye” into the deep interior in the direction of the choir, they cross the oratory frontally and “bring the eye to rest”, in accordance with the essentially static and non-dynamic conception of space, in the state of equilibrium and repose that Islamic architecture expresses in all its forms. In a certain sense, the sacred architecture of Christianity reflects time in the form of space, as we have already pointed out in speaking of orientation.
Some of these miniatures, with a certain elegance of line, have an astrological symbolism, which is also found in the metalwork of the period and implicitly proves the existence of traditions of non-Islamic origin. In the Seljuk period, figurative themes of a Turco-Mongol character are somewhat apparent in all the minor arts, in both Iran and Iraq. The true Persian miniature, however, which is indisputably the most perfect figurative art on the soil of Islam, did not come into the world until after the conquest of Iran by the Mongols, and more precisely under the rule of the Īl-Khāns (1256).
The fact that it replaced a church of St. John the Baptist—its famous relic, the Baptist’s head, is kept in the mosque—has given rise to a theory that the mosque was no more than a transformation of this church; but there is nothing to this, for there was never a church at Damascus of such vast dimensions; besides, all the component elements of the mosque are obviously in proportion. Three lines of arcades are set parallel to the rear wall, on two levels, with large lower bays and smaller paired bays above.