How Has Art Affected Islam?

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How has art affected Islam?

Section A: Rational and Preliminary Research

Growing up in a Muslim family I was always been told that there are no drawings or paintings of Prophet Muhammed (s.a.v) and not because it was a sin to have one, but that the Prophet (s.a.v) himself told his followers that the only one that should be worshiped was God alone and a drawing or painting of him would get in the way of that sole connection with God. Instead, I have seen very elaborate calligraphy in many mosques and even on places that are not connected with Islam, such as the Taj Mahal. Personally I have taken calligraphy and water marbling (Ebru) courses and have learned that art is Islam goes beyond the final product of the artist, the technique and …show more content…

Calligraphy’s omnipresence underscores the value that is placed on language, specifically Arabic.” Is this quote it underlines what calligraphy represents and how it is intertwined with Islam. That the art form has a lot to do with the religion itself and to express the devotion of the religion to God. As I continued reading I came across a quote that stated Islamic art was not aniconic. “One of the most common misconceptions about the art of the Islamic world is that it is aniconic; that is, the art does not contain representations of humans or animals.” Throughout my life I have never seen any Islamic drawings of humans or animals in a mosque or elsewhere. With this new information I have acquired a better knowledge of Islamic art and its effect on the arts. With this information I plan on answering “How has art affected Islam?” Section B: Plan for Study My goal for this research is to understand how art has affected Islam in mosques, cultures, decorations, and prayers over the time period since the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.v). To further develop my knowledge beyond books and websites on this topic, I plan on interviewing an Ebru master and asking him how Ebru came to be and what it represents to Muslims, if there is even a correlation between the two. For my second interview I plan on interviewing an Imam at a mosque. During the interview I want to talk about why mosques do not have

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