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Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition pdf free download

Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition pdf free download. In the mid-1980s, the rabbi of Rabat, Morocco, having decided to restore the old synagogue of the city, commissioned a local architect to carry out the restoration project and asked him to present his very best ideas. The architect, a young Muslim with little knowledge of traditional Moroccan Jewish customs, was eager to do his best, and prepared a few sketches based on his estimation of what would please the rabbi. When the rabbi was presented with the architectural drawings and their modernist approach, he could not help showing his disappointment, and told the Muslim architect:

Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition pdf free download

My son, the community of the faithful will be disappointed by these bare spaces you are proposing, for we Jewish people, too, love ornament, stucco, plaster, woodwork, and all that. Our people, like yours, like their spaces of worship to be richly decorated. That is how we like our synagogues.

Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition pdf free download

The young Muslim architect who told me this story was taken aback for, like most of his Muslim compatriots, he did not imagine that Moroccan Jews shared with them a taste for architectural ornament. Yet one need simply visits a few traditional Jewish homes in Rabat or Fes to recognize the similarity in taste.

Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition pdf free download

Although the existence of this similarity is not extraordinary, this anecdote has always had the most amazing effect on my students in Morocco, for there is a strong belief that traditional ornament is Islamic, has an Islamic content, and must therefore be foreign to Jewish, among other, traditions. That belief, in both its overt and covert forms, is in fact very widespread in and outside Morocco, and it seems to me that academic scholarship is partially responsible for this.

Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition pdf free download

Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition pdf free download

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