Islamic art and the ethos of spirituality within a civilizational context

Grine Fadila (Department of Islamic History and Civilization, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Bensaid Benaouda (Department of General Studies, Kulliyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science International Islamic, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff M.Y. (Department of Islamic History and Civilization, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Multicultural Education & Technology Journal

ISSN: 1750-497X

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

Islamic art is characterized by a deep-rooted vitality and distinct form of expression that arises from its intimate position with regard to Islamic civilization. While civilizational turning points and major occurrences have held deep ramifications for its growth and development, the most prominent catalysts of civilizational status are not only found in the realm of the political and economic, but rather within a deeper expanse of ideas, spirituality, and societal consciousness; of which Islamic art acts as a prime indicator. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper would seek to survey the depths inherent within Islamic spirituality's relationship with Islamic art, and further isolate the reasons and source of their subsistence and continued prevalence.

Findings

The paper further delves into the relationship shared by spirituality and art, and the influences they exert upon one another. Moreover, it attempts to delineate between the mundane and transcendental spheres of civilizational growth and development, while seeking to come to terms with the sustainability of Islamic art, and its position with respect to Islamic civilization.

Originality/value

The paper concludes that Islamic art is sustained and defined by means of a unique catalyzing ethos responsible for Islamic civilizational culture that is altogether distinct from the temporal mundane reality of socio-political conditions of civilization.

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Citation

Grine, F., Bensaid, B. and Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff, M. (2013), "Islamic art and the ethos of spirituality within a civilizational context", Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 288-300. https://doi.org/10.1108/METJ-03-2013-0010

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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