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Rationalizing the permissibility of mosque decoration

Omer, Spahic (2016) Rationalizing the permissibility of mosque decoration. JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE, 4 (1). pp. 14-26. ISSN 2086-2636 E-ISSN 2356-4644

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This chapter discusses the subject of mosque decoration and some of the criteria which determine its acceptability or otherwise. Some aspects of the matter are somewhat sensitive and double-edged. Thus, the chapter presents an objective, balanced and scientific account of the theme, steering clear of the sentimental aspects of the evidences often put forth by both the proponents and opponents of mosque decoration. The main thrusts of the chapter are the issues pertaining to the legitimacy of decoration in general, the subject of the function of mosques vis-à-vis their decoration, as well as the broad guidelines that regulate mosque decoration emphasizing the decoration of the mihrab (praying niche) area and the qiblah wall. The chapter concludes that in principle mosque decoration is permissible so long as it conforms to the requirements of the Islamic spirituality and the quintessence of genuine Islamic art and architecture.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2202/52282
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mosque decoration; Islam; Mihrab; Qiblah wall
Subjects: N Fine Arts > Islamic art and architecture
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Omer Spahic
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 17:03
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 11:22
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52282

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