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Art of Islam, Language and Meaning
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Art of Islam, Language and Meaning: Commemorative Edition
Art of Islam, Language and Meaning: Commemorative Edition
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Art
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Price:  $32.95

ISBN:  978-1-933316-65-9
Book Size:  8 x 10
# of Pages:  248
Language:  English



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Discover the beauty of Islam through Titus Burckhardt’s masterpiece Art of Islam, presented in a revised, commemorative edition containing 285 new illustrations.

  Winner National Best Books 2010 Award for “Art: General”  

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

  Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Art”  

  Silver Midwest Book Award for “Illustration”  
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This classic book has been called "the definitive work on Islamic art as far as the meaning and spiritual significance of this art are concerned," and is considered one of most important in-depth studies of the subject ever conceived. Titus Burckhardt was one of the most widely respected authorities on Islamic art for both the eye of the artist that he brought to the subject as well as his profound understanding of Islamic doctrine and cosmology, which are clearly represented in the arts of this tradition. This revised, commemorative edition features over 350 color and black and white illustrations (285 of which are new) and includes a new "Introduction" by another acknowledged master of the subject, Jean-Louis Michon. The book is organized into the following chapters: (1) Prologue: The Ka‘ba, (2) The Birth of Islamic Art, (3) The Question of Images, (4) The Common Language of Islamic Art, (5) Art and Liturgy, (6) The Art of Sedentaries and Nomadic Art, (7) Synthesis, and (8) The City.

  Winner National Best Books 2010 Award for “Art: General”  

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

  Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist for “Art”  

  Silver Midwest Book Award for “Illustration”  


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Titus Burckhardt

Titus Burckhardt (1908-1984) was one of the leading perennialist writers of the twentieth century. His writings showed remarkable scope. Burckhardt wrote on pure metaphysics, on tradition and modern science, on sacred art, on history and political science, and on various other aspects of traditional civilizations. Burckhardt was also a translator (from Arabic into French), an editor and publisher, and a respected consultant on restoring traditional cities to their former beautiful states. World Wisdom has published the following books by Burckhardt:

    

In addition, numerous Titus Burckhardt essays have appeared in various World Wisdom anthologies. Our free online Library has many essays and excerpts from Burckhardt's writings.


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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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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr (b. 1933) is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. The author of over thirty books and three hundred articles, he is one of the world’s most respected writers and speakers on Islam, its arts and sciences, and its traditional mystical path, Sufism.
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Reviews of Art of Islam, Language and Meaning

“[This is] the definitive work on Islamic art as far as the meaning and spiritual significance of this art are concerned.... Burckhardt brings together a lifetime of outward and inward experience to produce a peerless work, one in which Islamic art is at last revealed to be what it really is, namely the earthly crystallization of the spirit of the Islamic revelation as well as a reflection of the heavenly realities on earth.”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, author of The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition



“No one since the legendary A.K. Coomaraswamy has been able to demonstrate how entire civilizations define themselves through their art with the precision of Titus Burckhardt.”
Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions and Why Religion Matters



“The singularity of [Burckhardt’s] scholarly achievement is that his intellectual discernment was predicated on a ‘lived’ engagement with the arts, cultures, and religions he studied.”
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations



“In the age of modern science and technocracy, Burckhardt was one of the most remarkable of the exponents of universal truth, in the realm of metaphysics as well as in the realm of cosmology and of traditional art.”
Banyen Books and Sound



“Illustrations and photographs are of high quality. They are critical to the understanding of Islamic Art and fundamental to the book’s success. The format for each section is interesting, knowledgeable and complete. Notes to each chapter provide clarity and supplemental information. It provides a solid foundation for a student or scholar to begin their exploration of Islamic art.…It’s wonderful to have this richly informative book available in this edition. It answers many questions and meets a need for this depth of background and history.”
Midwest Book Award Judging Panel



“A fascinating and impressive book…. An outstanding book that should be used in college art and history classes.”
Ben Franklin Book Award Judging Panel


Table of Contents for Art of Islam, Language and Meaning

Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Introduction by Jean-Louis Michon

Preface

Chapter I: Prologue: The Kaʿba

Notes to Chapter I

Chapter II: The Birth of Islamic Art

1. The Second “Revelation”

2. The Dome of the Rock

3. The Umayyads

4. Mshattā

5. The Great Umayyad Mosque at Damascus

Notes to Chapter II

Chapter III: The Question of Images

1. Aniconism

2. The Persian Miniature

3. Notes to Chapter III

Chapter IV: The Common Language of Islamic Art

1. Arab Art, Islamic Art

2. Arabic Calligraphy

3. The Arabesque

4. The Sphere and the Cube

5. The Alchemy of Light

Notes to Chapter IV

Chapter V: Art and Liturgy

1. The Nature and Role of Sacred Art

2. The Mihrāb

3. The Minbar

4. Tombs

5. The Art of Apparel

Notes to Chapter V

Chapter VI: The Art of Sedentaries and Nomadic Art

1. Dynasties and Ethnic Groups

2. The Art of the Carpet

3. Knightly Art

Note to Chapter VI

Chapter VII: Synthesis

1. Variety in Unity

2. The Great Mosque of Kairouan

3. The Great Mosque of Córdoba

4. The Mosque of Ibn Ṭūlūn at Cairo

5. The College Mosque of Sultan Ḥasan in Cairo

6. Ottoman Mosques

7. The Shāh Mosque at Iṣfahān

8. The Taj Mahal

Chapter VIII: The City

1. Muslim Town-planning

2. Art and Contemplation

Glossary

List of Illustrations

Index

Acknowledgments

Biographical Notes


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An introduction to understanding the meaning of "sacred art"
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Frithjof Schuon discusses the spiritual significance of art
Interview with Frithjof Schuon - on Art



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