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Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World

written by Sabiha Al Khemir

El Viso | ISBN 9788489895324

Hardback – 304 pages


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'Nur: Light in Art and Science in the Islamic World' explores the use and significance of light in Islamic art and science, revealing how light is a unifying motif in Islamic civilisations across the globe. Taking its starting point from the Arabic word for light, both in its physical and metaphysical sense, Nur is divided into two principal sections.

The first is devoted to art and includes manuscripts illuminated with gold and coloured pigments, lustre-ware ceramics, metal objects with gold and silver inlay, and objects made in precious and semi-precious stones. The second section focuses on the field of science, in particular equatorial sundials, astrolabes and anatomical instruments, which illustrate the influence of the Islamic world on scientific thought.

At the same time, Nur emphasises the way in which historically, Spain has been a cultural bridge between the Islamic world and Europe and a gateway for the arrival of Islamic discoveries in fields such as medicine, geometry and astronomy. In addition, this book explores the idea of light as a shared, unifying metaphor in Muslim, Christian and Judaic cultures.

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