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Introduction to Traditional Islam, Illustrated: Foundations, Art, and Spirituality
Introduction to Traditional Islam, Illustrated: Foundations, Art, and Spirituality
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ISBN:  978-1-933316-51-2
Book Size:  8" x 10"
# of Pages:  160
Language:  English



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Features 270 full-color illustrations.

Behind the clamorous headlines of militant and political Islam lies a more serene and cultivated form of traditional Islam. Jean-Louis Michon, a UNESCO advisor tasked with preserving the architectural and artistic heritage of Islam, unveils this lesser-known dimension of the world’s second largest religion.

  Silver Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”  
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Detailed Description of Introduction to Traditional Islam, Illustrated

Features 270 full-color illustrations.

Behind the clamorous headlines of militant and political Islam lies a more serene and cultivated form of traditional Islam. Jean-Louis Michon, a UNESCO advisor tasked with preserving the architectural and artistic heritage of Islam, unveils this lesser-known dimension of the world’s second largest religion.

  Silver Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy/Inspiration”  


About the Author(s)

Jean-Louis Michon

Jean-Louis Michon was a traditionalist French scholar who specialized in Islam in North Africa, Islamic art, and Sufism. His works include Le Soufi marrocain Ahmad Ibn 'Ajiba and L'Autobiographie (Fahrasa) du Soufi marrocain Ahmad Ibn 'Ajiba (1747-1809). He wrote numerous articles appearing in several languages, and translated the Holy Koran into French.

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Table of Contents for Introduction to Traditional Islam, Illustrated

 

Foreword

Preface

Part I - Islam: Foundations

1.  Islam and Urban Civilization

Urban Development in Islam’s Earliest Period

The Muslim Community

2.  The Sources

The Koran and the Proclamation of Divine Unity

The Tradition of the Prophet

Jurisprudence

3.  The Pillars of Islam

Prayer

The Fast

Alms-giving

Pilgrimage

4.  The Functions of the City

Executive Power

Judicial Authority

Religious Instruction

The Maintenance of Moral Standards and the Encouragement of Goodness

Epilogue

Part II - The Message of Islamic art

1.  Art: An Integral Part of Muslim Life

2.  The Formal Languages

3.  Art within the City, or How the Message of Divine Unity Becomes Imprinted in the Muslim Living Environment

A Sanctuary with Multiple Cells

The Religious Function: The Mosque

The Other Functions of the City

The Divine Mark of Calligraphy

Infinite Radiation and Omnipresent Center

God is Light

Water as the Source of Life

Representational Art is not Excluded

Simple Life

The God-loved Artisan

Epilogue

Part III - Music and Spirituality in Islam

1.  A Controversial Question

2.  The Philosopher-Musicologists

3.  Sufis and the Spiritual Concert

4.  The Elements of Musical Expression

Instruments

Melodic Modes

Rhythm

The Human Voice

5.  Musical Genres

The Call to Prayer

Praises upon the Prophet

Devotional Music of Shī‘ite Iran

The Qawwālī of India and Pakistan

The Music of the Kurdish “People of the Truth”

Spiritual Audition of Classical Music

Arabo-Andalusian Music

Iranian Music

Turkish Music

Hindustani Music

Popular Music

Epilogue

Part IV - The Way of the Sufis

1.  The Mystical Quest in Islam: Scriptural and Historical Roots

2.  The Way to God: Conjunction of Human Effort and Divine Effusion

Initiation

The Spiritual Master

Good Company

3.  The Spiritual Meetings

Invocation

The Wird

The Hymns

The Sacred Dance

4.  Spiritual Progress

“Know Thyself ”

Perpetual Orison

The Three Stages of Certainty

Epilogue

List of Illustrations

Index

Biographical Notes

 



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