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Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition: Aesthetics, Politics and Desire in Early Islam

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What is 'art' in the sense of the Islamic tradition? Mohammed Hamdouni Alami argues that Islamic art has historically been excluded from Western notions of art; that the Western aesthetic tradition's preoccupation with the human body has meant that Islamic and Western art being perceived as inherently at odds. However, the move away from this 'anthropomorphic aesthetic' in ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2010)
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Apr 03, 2013 Scott Forbes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, in which this claim can be found, "...none of the conditions that determined the production of the ‘Islamic cities’ of the past still exists." is one of the only books I've read that treats this subject, architecture in Islamic states, with the extremely fluid and dynamic prose of political and religious neutrality. Or more correctly, this author wrote a book supposing that future books would be a necessary correlation to this book's precedent. Maybe the most interesting feature of th ...more
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