Art of Islam, Language and Meaning by Titus Burckhardt

By Titus Burckhardt

Often called knowledgeable 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. fantastically illustrated in colour, this masterpiece is gifted in a revised, commemorative version containing 285 new illustrations and a brand new advent.

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The Great Umayyad Mosque at Damascus 27 15. Arches on the northern side of the Great Umayyad Mosque at Damascus 16. Example of a horseshoe arch: courtyard of the Ben Yūsuf Madrasah, Marrakesh, Morocco 17. Example of a keel arch: entrance to the Shaykh Luṭf-Allāh Mosque, Iṣfahān, Persia Notes to Chapter II 1. Apparently Christians considered the site of the destroyed temple accursed. 2. According to the Byzantine historian Eutychius, ʿUmar was visiting the atrium of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the company of the patriarch Sophronius, when the time for prayer came.

It was by the mediation of the Arabic language 44 The Common Language of Islamic Art that the essential Arab genius was effectively communicated to Muslim civilization as a whole. The extraordinary normative power of the Arabic language derives from its role as a sacred language as well as from its archaic nature, both factors being, in any case, connected. It is its archaic quality that predestined Arabic for its role as a sacred language, and it was the Koranic revelation that, as it were, actualized its primordial substance.

It was this language which not only preserved the ethnic heritage of the Arabs outside Arabia, but caused it to radiate far beyond its racial homeland. It was by the mediation of the Arabic language 44 The Common Language of Islamic Art that the essential Arab genius was effectively communicated to Muslim civilization as a whole. The extraordinary normative power of the Arabic language derives from its role as a sacred language as well as from its archaic nature, both factors being, in any case, connected.

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