Islam and Life - Islamic Art Inspiring Western Art, Artists Part 1

Sahib M. Bleher


The influence of Islamic Art on the Western world and the world at large is undeniably exampled by, but not limited to architecture, where it was purveyed as imitated building structures in the 18th century Brighton Royal Pavilion built between 1787 and 1823 for King George IV of Britain. The two-part series discusses Islamic Art from the standpoint of Muslims in the West, and as a counter-balance to the negative associations with Islam prevalent in today’s mainstream media. The focus is on Islamic Art as one of Islam’s major contributions to human civilisation using literary compendium in which part one articles the underpinning issues contextualising Islam’s architecture within the theology of Islam. The second part is an interview between two scholars on Islam engaging in what seems like a combative discussion to address the meta-theology of Islam in Islamic identity in the West.


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