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Background Information

Islamic art, like art everywhere, encompasses many styles. It has been influenced by the pre-existing cultures of the peoples living in areas where Islam has spread. Therefore, Islamic art cannot be seen as a form of purely religious art, but as an expression of people living in lands where Islam has an influence on daily life.

People often think that Islam does not allow representations of the human figure. This is a myth. Islam, as a religion, teaches that God can’t be represented as a human being; nor does it promote figural representations of the Prophet Mohammed. Secular art, however, abounds with human figures, as well as animals and plants.

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