Symbol of Divine Light : The Lamp in Islamic Culture and Other Traditions, Paperback / softback Book

Symbol of Divine Light : The Lamp in Islamic Culture and Other Traditions Paperback / softback


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, Ren Gu non, 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 208 Illustrations, color
  • Publisher: World Wisdom Books
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  • Category: History of art / art & design styles
  • ISBN: 9781936597567



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