In this episode, we explore the fundamental governing principles of Islamic art, and ask ourselves why it may be experiencing a resurgence in the world today.
This programme was broadcast through the facilities of Trent Radio 92.7 CFFF FM, as part of Your Radio Is Their Stage, a project funded by The Community Radio Fund of Canada.
This episode was originally broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday Feb 6, 2022
Host - Gillian Turnham
Trent Radio Mentor and Liaison - Laurel Palluck
Technical Support - Michael Morritt
"Muslim" by Serge Quadrado
Obtained from freemusicarchive.org in 2022
Licenced under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)
"Ramadan" by BGMusiclab
Obtained from Soundcloud.com in 2022
Licenced under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
• Art of Islam: language and meaning
by: Titus Burckhardt
• Islamic Art and Spirituality
by: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Calligraphy reading “Kun fa yakoon”; translation: “Be” and it is. Copyright Sacred Lines 2014
Egyptian manuscript featuring the first lines of Surat Al Alaq (the first revelation).
Translation: Recite in the Name of thy Lord who created, Created humanity from a blood-clot, Recite! Thy Lord is most noble, Who taught by the Pen, Taught humanity that which they knew not.
Illuminated Qur’an from the collection of the Malek National Library and Museum, Tehran, Iran.
Jameh Mosque in Yazd, Iran, featuring calligraphic, geometric, and biomorphic patterns in the Persian style.
The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, featuring calligraphic, geometric, and biomorphic patterns in the Andalusian style.
Courtyard garden from The Royal Alcazar in Seville, Spain.
Decorative bowl from the Ilkhanid dynasty, made of silver, gold and inlaid brass.
Mihrab indicating the direction of Mecca, from the Sultan Barquq Mosque/Madrasa in Cairo, Egypt.
Hexagon/hexagram pattern, taken from The WADE Photo Archive
Star and cross pattern (The Breath of The Compassionate) taken from The WADE Photo Archive
Complex rosette pattern from Al Atterine Madrasa in Fes, Morocco.
Contemporary interpretation of the Al Atterine pattern displaying the grid and construction lines.