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The Evolution of Persian Thought regarding Art and Figural Representation in Secular and Religious Life after the Coming of Islam

Mashal Saif
Abstract :

 This paper argues that, although Islam never succeeded incompletely wiping out the use of figural representation in Persian arts, it did manage to have a significant effect on Persian artistic forms and their appreciation. The Islamic prohibition on figural representation resulted in a shift from artistic emphasis being placed almost solely on figural representation (as was the case in pre-Islamic Persia) to a greater emphasis being placed onabstract, geometrical vegetal and floral art.

Keywords :
Persian, arts, representation, figural

Date Deposited : 14 Jun 2011 14:19

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Volume 1, Number 2, October 2006

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