9781936597567

Symbol of Divine Light The Lamp in Islamic Culture and Other Traditions

  • ISBN 13:

    9781936597567

  • ISBN 10:

    193659756X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 01/07/2018
  • Publisher: World Wisdom

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Summary

Symbol of Divine Light surveys the history of the mosque lamp, describing the numerous variants made in different historical periods and containing more than 200 stunning color and b/w illustrations. The deep significance of light and the lamp in Islamic culture and other traditions—Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, Hindu, and Buddhist—is also explored, with reference made to the writings of authors belonging to the “Traditionalist school,” notably Frithjof Schuon, René Guénon, Titus Burckhardt, and Martin Lings. The book presents a detailed exploration of the famous Koranic Verse of Light and the symbolism of its constituent elements: light, the niche, the lamp, glass, oil, and the tree. Parallels are also drawn with other traditions, indicating a universal symbolism. Symbol of Divine Light concludes that the most important function of the mosque lamp was as a symbolic reminder of the Verse of Light, as demonstrated by examples that were virtually non-functional as lighting devices and also the extensive use of the mosque lamp as a decorative motif in Islamic architecture. The book aims to give the reader an opportunity to contemplate the meaning of the mosque lamp as a symbol of Divine Light.

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