Aniconism in Islam

I found this relevant quote from Titus Burckhard about the reason for aniconism in Islamic art, it’s so on point, simple and beautiful, it reads like a dance!

“Islam is centred on Unity, and Unity is not expressible in terms of any image. Thus, Islamic art as a whole aims to create an ambiance which helps man to realise his primordial dignity; it therefore avoids everything that could be an ‘idol’ even in a relative and provisional manner – nothing must stand between man and the invisible presence of God – thus eliminating all the turmoil and passionate suggestions of the world and in their stead creating an order that expresses equilibrium, serenity and peace.”
– Titus Burckhard


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