“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?
“In the last few years, a growing community of hijab fashion bloggers has changed the idea of what it means to be a modern Muslim woman,” writes Vanessa Rosales on The Daily Beast.
Learn about hijab high fashion here.
It seems that hijab has become something completely different than a means of modesty.
Some sites to check out are Hijab Trendz and Yaz the Spaz.
There’s a long-standing discussion in the United States about DWB arrests (that “driving while black” is reason enough for the police to pull over a motorist).
Now, evidently, this has been expanded to “traveling while Muslim”.
This story is simultaneously astonishing and sad: “Traveler from Saudi Arabia arrested at Detroit Metro with pressure cooker”.
According to the Aga Khan Development Network, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of Shi’a Ismaili Muslims, announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan (age 42), to Kendra Spears, (age 24), a model from Seattle, Washington.
The date of the marriage has not been set yet.
(Official engagement portrait of Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Kendra Spear by Gary Otte, courtesy of the Aga Khan Development Network)