By Kathleen Kuiper
The Islamic international features a wealthy culture of amazing literature and visible arts that stretches again for hundreds of years. At numerous instances, those arts have influenced— and been encouraged by—Western literary and creative traditions. but such a lot Westerners recognize as little approximately Islamic literature and visible arts as they do approximately Islam itself. well known works reminiscent of The Thousand and One Nights and imprecise notions of tiled mosques or lavish palaces (frequently derived from Western fiction) are frequently the level of Westerners’ wisdom of Islamic arts. Viewing Islamic artwork during the lens of such works is approximately reminiscent of attempting to comprehend the complete scope of Western literature and visible arts via renowned romance novels and fairy-tale castles. The technique is neither lifelike nor reasonable. This unenlightened view used to be shattered with the tragic occasions of September eleven, 2001, while many american citizens changed their naive notions of the unique Orient with an outright rejection of a typically unknown faith and all its worshippers. this angle will be additional exacerbated via the bias a few think towards the humanities more often than not, that paintings has no connection to lifestyle and that it serves no important goal. but if these notions are exact, why are the humanities so in detail interwoven with human heritage? in fact that the construction and appreciation of paintings is an essential component of what it skill to be human. Tens of millions of years ago—long earlier than writing existed—people painted images on cave partitions and carved small figures. earlier than there has been writing, there has been spoken language, which storytellers used to create an oral culture that was once a necessary technique of transmitting the elemental ideas of human society and associations. the simplest between them may perhaps enthrall audiences with lengthy, advanced stories. After the discovery of writing, a lot of those tales and poems have been recorded, changing into a few of the first works of literature....................................