ISLAMIC ART AND SPIRITUALITY
This is the first book in the English language to deal with the spiritual significance of Islamic art including not only the plastic arts but also literature and music. Rather than dealing with the history of the various arts of Islam or their description, the author relates the form, content, symbolic language, meaning and presence of these arts to the very sources of the Islamic revelation. 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 art to the inner dimension of the Islamic revelation and the spirituality which has issued from it. He 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 Islamic art become transparent and reveal their proper significance. In this work, the reader is made to understand the meaning of Islamic art for those living within the civilization which created it. The 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.