By Jamal J. Elias
Media assurance of the Danish comic strip trouble and the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan left Westerners with a robust impact that Islam doesn't countenance depiction of spiritual imagery. Jamal J. Elias corrects this view by means of revealing the complexity of Islamic attitudes towards representational spiritual paintings. Aisha’s Cushion emphasizes Islam’s perceptual and highbrow modes and in so doing deals the reader either perception into Islamic visible tradition and a different method of seeing the world.
Aisha’s Cushion evaluates the controversies surrounding blasphemy and iconoclasm through exploring Islamic societies on the time of Muhammad and the delivery of Islam; in the course of early touch among Arab Muslims and Byzantine Christians; in medieval Anatolia and India; and nowa days. Elias’s inquiry then is going extra, to situate Islamic spiritual artwork in a world context. His comparisons with Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu attitudes towards non secular paintings express them to be as contradictory as these of Islam. modern theories approximately art’s position in society tell Elias’s research of ways non secular gadgets were understood throughout time and in numerous cultures.
Elias contends that Islamic views on illustration and notion might be sought not just in theological writings or aesthetic treatises yet in more than a few Islamic works in components as various as optics, alchemy, dreaming, calligraphy, literature, motor vehicle and residential ornament, and Sufi metaphysics. Unearthing colors of that means in Islamic proposal all through heritage, Elias bargains clean perception into the family between faith, artwork, and notion throughout a large diversity of cultures.
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It is this belief in its ability to represent Jesus perfectly that led the artist, in response to popular demand, to paint another version of the same representation of Jesus, called Christ Our Pilot, in which the subject is simply rotated so that he faces the viewer a bit more, as if looking at her or him. In its many uses, this likeness becomes opulent with the many interests and desires of those who depict Jesus as well as those who are devoted to him. “When devout viewers see what they imagine to be the actual appearance of the divinity that cares for them, the image becomes an icon.
Although in a contemporary context the term (from the Greek eikpn, or “image”) brings to mind portable, painted, religious images on wood, canvas, or glass, for the purposes of this historical discussion neither the portability of the image nor its medium is relevant. Therefore the category of “icon” as the word is being employed here also includes frescoes, mosaics, prints on paper, and statuary. The concept of the icon carries relevance for contexts broader than those of Orthodox Christianity, and the relationships of resemblance suggested by iconicity also pertain to Muslim environments, a a i s h a ’ s c u s h i o n 44 subject explored later in this book.
Following Mettinger, I am using the term aniconism in a broader sense to connote the absence of anthropomorphic or theriomorphic representational, mimetic images of deities or other religious personages. 7 Such an understanding of aniconism—and consequently its corollary phenomena such as iconism, iconophilia, iconolatry, idolatry, and so on—focuses in the ﬁrst place upon the presence or absence of religious visual images of any form, without concerning itself with broader questions of representation and mimesis.
Aisha's Cushion: Religious Art, Perception, and Practice in Islam by Jamal J. Elias