Aisha's Cushion: Religious Art, Perception, and Practice in Islam

Aisha's Cushion: Religious Art, Perception, and Practice in Islam

by Jamal J. Elias
     
 

Westerners have a strong impression that Islam does not allow religious imagery. Elias corrects this view. Unearthing shades of meaning in Islamic thought throughout history, he argues that Islamic perspectives on representation and perception should be sought in diverse areas such as optics, alchemy, dreaming, vehicle decoration, Sufi metaphysics.See more details below

Overview

Westerners have a strong impression that Islam does not allow religious imagery. Elias corrects this view. Unearthing shades of meaning in Islamic thought throughout history, he argues that Islamic perspectives on representation and perception should be sought in diverse areas such as optics, alchemy, dreaming, vehicle decoration, Sufi metaphysics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674058064
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/15/2012
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,405,069
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface on Abbreviations and Conventions ix

Prologue: The Promise of a Meaningful Image 1

1 Representation, Resemblance, and Religion 27

2 The Icon and the Idol 43

3 Iconoclasm, Iconophobia, and Islam 84

4 Idols, Icons, and Images in Islam 100

5 Beauty, Goodness, and Wonder 139

6 Alchemy, Appearance, and Essence 175

7 Dreams, Visions, and the Imagination 198

8 Sufism and the Metaphysics of Resemblance 216

9 Words, Pictures, and Signs 236

10 Legibility, Iconicity, and Monumental Writing 264

Epilogue 284

Notes 291

Bibliography 349

Acknowledgments 393

Index 395

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