In this thorough and meticulous book, François Boespflug treats a polemic subject, even taboo: the origin of the supposed proscription of images in Islam, in particular those representing the Prophet.
Inherited from the Ten Commandments, the… Read more interdiction of images representing God is nowhere to be found in the Koran! The author suggests we make a distinction between the Koran’s banning of pre-Islamic idols and those of images in general. The ban on ‘living images’ (representing living beings) is mostly post-Koranic. Yet the fatwas formulated by theologians did not prevent the development of a history of the image in the Islamic world; and the ban on representations of the Prophet is not unanimously accepted by Muslims; we find representations as early as the 10th century. The figure of the Prophet appears in the illustrations of many historical manuscripts, intended for the courts of caliphs and sultans. Very often we see a full-length portrayal, a figure in action, accompanied by others. François Boespflug brings tangible, historical and iconographic proof of the representation of the Prophet throughout history. He denounces today’s black-out, which is not at all faithful to the tradition, especially Shiite.
Author : FRANCOIS BOESPFLUG
Collection: Essais religieux divers
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