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Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic Art and Architecture

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

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'Beauty and Islam' explores aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought in the light of contemporary theories, offering new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Qur'an and the Alhambra to the works of present day artists and philosophers. Tracing the roots of Islamic aesthetics back to the works of the great 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.

Author Info

Valerie Gonzalez has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and is currently a Research Associate at the School of Architecture, Marseilles.

Review

"a very interesting book about Islamic art and architecture, because it goes off the beaten track... her approach is refreshing"
Gerrit Steunebrink (University of Nijmegen), Bibliotheca Orientalis

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781860646911
Publication Date: 23 Aug 2001
Number of Pages: 160
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 20 colour illustrations

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