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Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition


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Introduction Architecture and Meaning in the Theory of Al-Jahiz Architecture and Poetics Architecture and Myth Al-Jahiz in the Mosque at Damascus: Social Critique and Debate in the History of Umayyad Architecture Architecture and Desire Conclusion

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What is 'art' in the sense of the Islamic tradition? In this title, the author 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.

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Mohammed Hamdouni Alami is Associate Researcher at the Archaeological Research Facility (ARF) at the University of California, Berkeley. He studied architecture at the Ecole d'Architecture in Grenoble and received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.


'This is an original, provocative and stimulating its insistence on the need to locate the production and reception of early Islamic architecture within a broader aesthetic context, and its use of literary sources to this end, it breaks new ground. It will undoubtedly forge a number of new and lively conversations on the history of Islamic architecture, but will also have a wide appeal to those working in the fieldsof art, history and literature of the Middle East.' Professor Finbarr Barry Flood, Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University 'There are many adjectives that could sum up this timely book: insightful, well-crafted, engaging... Alami's book needs to be ruminated and digested in order to be fully appreciated- not only by art historians but also by anyone who is interested in Arabo-Muslim culture.' Dr. Cleo Cantone, author of Making and Remaking Mosques in Senegal (2012)

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