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{ Monthly Archives } March 2016

Islamic Geometric Patterns

As discussed in class, art historians would classify islamic art used in mosques into three categories.  The first is calligraphic art, discussed in earlier posts.  The second is arabesque, which is a pattern that includes lines and foliage.  This pattern is also common in rugs.  Lastly, there is geometric art, which uses simple shapes to create […]

Peace and Islam

One common misconception about Islam, particularly in places like the US, is that it is a violent faith. On the first day of class we discussed this misconception and how many often conflate the actions of extremists to represent the entire religion. However, examining the actual religion, we see that Islam is a very peaceful […]

The Beautiful Names of Allah

In this image, I present the word Allah, meaning God, in Arabic script. This was inspired by the calligram assignment and also the calligraphy described in class. Text plays an integral part in many forms of Islamic art. The Qu’ran is revered by its followers for its use of language. The text itself is poetry. […]

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