Geometry, Spirituality, and Symbolism: A Study in lslamic Art and Architecture

PhD project by Mhlea Mania Capruta

This research investigates the symbolic and spiritual aspects of Islamic art and architecture. Its main aim is to introduce a renewed understanding of Islamic geometry by interpreting selected Sufi notions concerning being and manifestations from a Heideggerian hermeneutical perspective. It constructs its interpretation against a historical reading of the Pythagorean, Platonic and Neo-Pythagorean traditions to reveal the Islamic assimilation of the Greek legacy. Focusing on the theoretical foundations and related criticism, the study presents a comprehensive exposition of the primary exegetical literature on Islamic geometry as articulated by various groups of scholars to highlight the spiritual significance of Muslim artistry.

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