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.