Aisha's Cushion by Jamal J. Elias
Religious Art, Perception, and Practice in Islam

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It's quite possible to wade through those passages that read like journal abstracts. It's difficult not to feel disappointed, though, in a book that promises intellectual fireworks but ends up a damp squib.
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Westerners have a strong impression that Islam does not allow religious imagery. Elias corrects this view. Unearthing shades of meaning in Islamic thought throughout history, he argues that Islamic perspectives on representation and perception should be sought in diverse areas such as optics, alchemy, dreaming, vehicle decoration, Sufi metaphysics.
 

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Jamal J. Elias is Class of 1965 Term Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Published November 15, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 425 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by David Shariatmadari on Dec 27 2012

It's quite possible to wade through those passages that read like journal abstracts. It's difficult not to feel disappointed, though, in a book that promises intellectual fireworks but ends up a damp squib.

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