ISLAMIC ART AND SPIRITUALITY
SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR
1990, x+213pp., col.&
B&W illus. index, ISBN: 090-38803-53, Rs 300 (HB)
This is the first book in English to deal with the
spiritual significance of Islamic art including not only the plastic
arts but also literature and music. Relying upon his extensive
knowledge of the Islamic religion in both its exoteric and esoteric
dimensions as well as the various Islamic sciences, the author relates
Islamic revelation and the spirituality which have issued from it. The
author brings out the spiritual significance of the Islamic arts
ranging from architecture to music as seen, heard and experienced by
one living within the universe of the Islamic tradition.
Through his treatment the forms of
lslamic art become transparent and reveal their proper significance.
This book, however, addresses itself to all those who are attracted to
the study of art in its relation to spirituality as well as to those
who seek to understand more fully the Islamic religion and the
civilization it brought into being.