Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Islamic Architecture And Art

Islam is the religious belief preached by the Arab prophet Muhammad. In the five hundred years after Muhammad’s death in AD 632, C. Islamic architecture and art went far beyond its place of origin on the Arabian Peninsula. Mohammed’s followers, called Muslims, conquered the rest of the Middle East as well as North Africa, Spain, Central Asia, and North and Central India. Most of the conquered accepted the Islamic religion.

With the spread of Islam, a distinctive style of Islamic art gradually developed. It was mainly used for religious architecture, book illustrations, and decorating ceramics, metal objects, and some other helpful objects. Islamic architecture and art were influenced by the artistic or maybe inventive styles of the conquered areas. These distinctive Islamic styles comprise late Byzantine, Persian, and Roman art.

Restrictions That Influenced Islamic Architecture And Art

Constraints also influenced the development of Islamic art. Mohammed warned artists against imitating God, the creator of all life, by creating pictures or images of living beings. Therefore, most religious arts consisted of ornamental patterns that represented neither humans nor animals. The second limitation advised against the use of expensive materials. Islamic artists, therefore, mainly worked with brass, clay, and wood. They learned to decorate items made from these less expensive materials so that they looked as beautiful as silver or gold.

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