Beauty and Islam: Aesthetics in Islamic Art and Architecture
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" This work deals with what is usually called ‘aesthetics’ in the framework of Islamic civilisation. Aesthetics is ‘the branch of philosophy that examines the nature of art and the character of our experience of art and of the natural environment…’
Aesthetics can also be ‘applied’ in the sense that its object of examination can be a specific and concrete work of art, not only an artistic concept or question. More accurately, the book concerns the particular discipline known as ‘aesthetic phenomenology’, insofar as it means—to borrow a clear statement by Eliane Escoubias— ‘to understand how the mode of access to art, the mode of access to what the work of art contains in terms of art, is a phenomenological mode, is first of all to understand that art has always been and will always be phenomenological’.
Aesthetics, and particularly aesthetic phenomenology, forms a specific and new field, which is still not taken into
account in the realm of Islamic studies, although it is fully integrated
into contemporary analytical works on art and art theory."