Titus Burckhardt


Titus Burckhardt – “The Art of Islam. Titus Burckhardt (Ibrahim Izz al-Din) – Art of Islam: Language and Meaning

This book goes to the heart of the art of Islam. The author guides the reader through the main aspects of Islamic art and its involvement in the liturgy and polarization of nomadic and sedentary peoples, to the great syntheses of Islamic architecture, and finally to the Islamic city.


Chapter I. Prologue: the Kaaba

Chapter II. The Origin of Islamic Art

  1. The Second Revelation.
  2. The Dome of the Rock.
  3. the Umayyads.
  4. Mshatta.
  5. The Great Mosque of the Umayyads in Damascus.

Chapter III. The problem of images

  1. aniconism.
  2. Persian miniature.

Chapter IV. The common language of Islamic art

  1. Arabic art, Islamic art.
  2. Arabic calligraphy.
  3. Arabesque.
  4. Sphere and cube.
  5. Alchemy of light.

Chapter V. Art and liturgy

  1. The nature and role of sacred art.
  2. Mihrab.
  3. the Minbar.
  4. Tombs.
  5. The art of dressing.

Chapter VI. Art of sedentary peoples and art of nomads

  1. Dynasties and ethnic layers.
  2. Carpet art.
  3. Knightly art.

Chapter VII. Synthesis

  1. Diversity in Unity.
  2. The Great Mosque of Cayruan.
  3. The Great Mosque of Cordoba.
  4. The Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo.
  5. The Madrasah Mosque of Sultan Hassan in Cairo.
  6. Ottoman mosques.
  7. The Shah Mosque in Isfahan.
  8. Taj Mahal.
See also  Siyah mashq

Chapter VIII. The city

  1. Muslim urban planning.
  2. art and contemplation.

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