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What is Islamic Art?

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Professor Faizan Haq, Founder of WNY Muslims. visited the Orchard Park Senior Center Monday. He lead a lecture on Islamic Art, something most citizens have a hard time describing.

Haq pointed out Islamic art is not a monolithic style or movement; it spans 1,300 years of history and has incredible geographic diversity—Islamic empires and dynasties controlled territory from Spain to western China at various points in history.

To best describe it, most Islamic art’s detail is intricately woven throughout, soaking up most of the negative space in a piece. All Islamic art instills the values of Islam and is typically created by Muslims, or created for Muslims. Pieces can have a diverse range such as carpets, architecture, drawings, paintings, calligraphy, and more.

The Taj Mahal in India is one of the most re-known pieces of Islamic art and was architected by Abd ul-Karim Ma’mur Khan, Makramat Khan, and Ustad Ahmed Lahwari in 1632. Haq introduced beautiful examples observing recurring significant colors, geometric motifs, and architectural characteristics such as domes, minarets or arches. He pointed out that many pieces have intentional mistakes that are created to symbolize human imperfection.

Haq always enjoys coming out to give lectures to those seeking knowledge. If you would like to find out where he will lecture next, please email us at wnymuslims@wnymuslims.org.

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