LENS-ARTISTS CHALLENGE #174 – Shapes and Designs Pt. 2

John's Space .....

Patti leads.

Did some say Arabesque? That’s putting it mildly. Though Islamic design style is not the sole representation, it most typifies it. The ‘almost’ total absence of people and animals is described by :

“ is the avoidance of images of sentient beings in some forms of Islamic art. Islamic aniconism stems in part from the prohibition of idolatry and in part from the belief that creation of living forms is God’s prerogative. Although the Quran does not explicitly prohibit visual representation of any living being, it uses the word musawwir (maker of forms, artist) as an epithet of God. The corpus of hadith (sayings attributed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad) contains more explicit prohibitions of images of living beings, challenging painters to “breathe life” into their images and threatening them with punishment on the Day of Judgment.[1][2] Muslims have interpreted these prohibitions in…

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Published by peter petterson

Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of eight. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

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