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Peter Frankopan 25 Nov 17
Wall painting from the Qusayr ‘Amra palace - built in the 8th C by future Caliph Walid II. Figurative art was not problematic for the first generations of Muslims.
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Katherine Schofield 25 Nov 17
Replying to @peterfrankopan
It's BEAUTIFUL! Incidentally, Shahab Ahmed argues that figurative art was mainstream in Islam before colonialism; worth reading to confound our assumptions.
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Sean W. Anthony
I doubt Shahab said it that way, but figural, devotional art WAS indeed highly problematic from the earliest days of Islam and long before colonialism. I recommend:
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Jamal Elias 26 Nov 17
Thank you!
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Sean W. Anthony 26 Nov 17
No, thank you for such a wonderful book!
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Katherine Schofield 26 Nov 17
It was indeed always problematic -- especially because there are both Quranic and hadith proscriptions of it -- but it was EVERYWHERE. Perhaps you might consider reading what Shahab had to say again :-)
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