The hierarchy of Islamic arts
The philosophy and meaning of art in Islam.
Nasr, Seyyed Hossein
In this second in a series of three lectures, Nasr first discusses the presence of calligraphy in Islamic art, as well as the extensive use of complex geometry in design. He then introduces the topic of hierarchy in Islamic art, noting that, as in the West, architecture is preeminent, while art that is closest to the individual, such as clothing, is secondary. He notes that Islamic architecture's primary function is to promote quiet or peace.
Recorded in Ithaca, NY by Cornell University., Sponsored by: Near Eastern Studies, Department of,History of Art, Department of., Speaker(s): University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University, Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell., Lecture, September 22, 1994, 4:30pm, 374 Rockefeller Hall.137 minutes