By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

With extraordinary breadth of imaginative and prescient, Seyyed Hossein Nasr unearths for either Western and Muslim readers how each one artwork shape within the islamic culture relies upon a technology of nature involved, now not with the outer visual appeal of items, yet with their internal fact. Ranging throughout calligraphy, portray, structure, literature, track, and the plastic arts, Nasr penetrates to the internal measurement of Islam and indicates the function paintings performs within the lifetime of person Muslims and the neighborhood as a whole--the position of inspiring the remembrance and contemplation of God.

as soon as the writer establishes paintings as an relief and help to the religious lifestyles, he strains the inventive act to its final resource: internal wisdom and barakah, or grace, which make the crystallization of internal realities in shape and area and time attainable. via this information and beauty, the writer asserts, cohesion manifests upon the airplane of multiplicity, making archetypal realities perceivable through the senses. via this data and charm, artwork capabilities as a ladder for the adventure of the soul from the seen to the invisible. How Islamic artwork leads guy to the interior chamber of divine revelation varieties the substance of a lot of this crucial work.

an extremely shut glance is given to the Sufi culture inside of Islam, for its mystical academics have frequently truly proven of their works the non secular value of good looks and served because the resource of suggestion for art.

by way of rediscovering the basis of artwork within the Islamic culture, Seyyed Hossein Nasr opens doorways to new dimensions of solidarity that have doubtless been obscured in fresh Western artwork. In so doing, he extends the importance of this publication past the Islamic trust method to the touch the hearts and inventive impulses of readers from all traditions.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is at present college Professor of Islamic stories at George Washington college. Born in Tehran and informed at MIT and Harvard, he was once formerly professor of the historical past of technological know-how and philosophy at Tehran college and primary president of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy. He has taught all through the USA, Europe, the center East, Pakistan, India, Japan, and Australia. he's the writer of over twenty books in English. between them are Sufi Essays, Islamic lifestyles and notion, wisdom and the Sacred, and 3 Muslim Sages.

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