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Hassanvand M K. A Survey of Prohibition of Painting in Islam. EIJH 2004; 11 (1) :31-44
URL: http://eijh.modares.ac.ir/article-27-2528-en.html
Faculty of Arts, Tarbiat Modarres University
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The proscription of illustration and painting in Islam is a topic often discussed by researchers and art-ists. Most orientalists have suggested that Islam generally opposed art, especially painting and illustra-tion, thus resulting in a number of limitations. A survey of different prophetic sayings on this subject (hadith singular, hadis plural), verses of the Qur'an, and artworks in the era of the caliphs has been pe-rused in this article. It seems that a core factor for the restriction was the possible reversion of newly converted Muslims to polytheism and idolatry. This was a genuine concern in early Islam. Today it is generally unknown, unheard of or simply ignored in the world of Islam. Islam has not prohibited paint-ing rather it does emphasize beauty and aesthetics.
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Received: 2010/06/15 | Accepted: 2003/06/15 | Published: 2010/06/15

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