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Berlekamp, Persis, 1968-
Wonder, image, and cosmos in medieval Islam / Persis Berlekamp
Alternate Title Wonder, image, & cosmos in medieval Islam
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  ND2955 .B47 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Islamic illumination of books and manuscripts
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Cosmography in art
Art and philosophy -- Islamic countries
Islamic philosophy
Physical Description xi, 220 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-209) and index
Contents Iconic images : platonic forms and the awe-inspiring cosmos -- Narrative images : astonishing anecdotes and cosmic time -- Mirrored visions : penumbral wonders and the position of the viewer -- Talismanic images : astrological composites and efficacious symbioses
Summary This original book untangles fundamental confusions about historical relationships among Islam, representational images, and philosophy. Closely examining some of the most meaningful and best preserved premodern illustrated manuscripts of Islamic cosmographies, Persis Berlekamp refutes the assertion often made by other historians of medieval Islamic art that, while representational images did exist, they did not serve religious purposes. The author focuses on widely disseminated Islamic images of the wonders of creation, ranging from angels to human-snatching birds, and argues that these illustrated manuscripts aimed to induce wonder at God's creation, as was their stated purpose. She tracks the various ways that images advanced that purpose in the genre's formative milieu -- the century and a half following the Mongol conquest of the Islamic East in 1258. Delving into social history and into philosophical ideas relevant to manuscript and image production, Berlekamp shows that philosophy occupied an established, if controversial, position within Islam. She thereby radically reframes representational images within the history of Islam
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