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Beauty in Arabic Culture

illustrated Edition

Doris Behrens- Abouseif (author)

ISBN: 9781558761995

Publication Date: Jul 1999

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

A study of the Arabic discourse on beauty. The author searched for her evidence in a wide variety of sources, such as the Qur'an, legal, religious and Sufi texts, chronicles, biographies, belle-lettres, literary criticism, and scientific, geographic and philosophical literature.
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Although beauty, in the pre-modern Arab world, was enjoyed and promoted almost everywhere, Islam does not possess a general theory on aesthetics or a systematic theory of the arts. This is a study of the Arabic discourse on beauty. The author had to search for her evidence in written statements from a wide variety of sources, such as the Qur'an, legal, religious and Sufi texts, chronicles, biographies, belle-lettres, literary criticism, and scientific, geographic and philosophical literature. The result is a compendium of references to beauty in chapters on the Religious Approach, Secular Beauty and Love, Music and Belle-Lettres, and the Visual Arts. This approach is informative and provocative. For the generalist, it provides comparative material for an understanding of the early Arab cultural context. For the specialist, it raises questions of sponsorship and purpose.
Illustrations 40 illustrations
Pages 268
Date Published 31 Jul 1999
Publisher Markus Wiener Publishers
Subject/s Theory of art   Cultural studies   Philosophy: aesthetics  

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