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Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic Art and Architecture Valérie Gonzalez

Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic Art and Architecture

Valérie Gonzalez

Published November 3rd 2001
ISBN : 9781860646911
Hardcover
160 pages
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Five essays explore aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought in light of contemporary theories, offering new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Quran and the Alhambra to the works of present dayMoreFive essays explore aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought in light of contemporary theories, offering new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Quran and the Alhambra to the works of present day artists and philosophers. Tracing the roots of Islamic aesthetics back to the works of the philosophers of the Middle Ages such as Avicenna and Averroes, Valerie Gonzalez finds that aesthetic theory in Islam must be seen within the much wider context of parallel thinking on theology, ethics, physics, and metaphysics. She balances her analysis of this philosophy (moral, logical, and scientific) of beauty with the equally important analysis of the perceptual experience of beauty.