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tile_morocco“Sumptuous, vibrantly colored ornamentation is a distinguishing characteristic of Islamic architecture. As the human form and figurative representation are strictly forbidden, there is a total absence of sculpture in Islamic edifices. Instead, geometric patterns and rich surface decoration reach unparalleled artistic heights with stucco, brick, marble and ceramics,” writes Farida M. Said.

You can read the entire article here: “Tradition of the tile

Which brings up a question: is figurative representation of the human form forbidden at all times, or forbidden for use in religious applications (such as books on theology or mosques)?

What’s the exact reference (Qu’ran? Hadith?) for the prohibition?

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