Abdullaeva F. [Review:] Ahmad Muhammad Issa. Painting in Islam. Between Prohibition and Aversion. Istanbul: Waqf for Research on Islamic History, Art and Culture, 1996, 137 pp., text in English (pp. 1–56), text in Arabic (pp. 80–137), colour plates (pp. 57–75) // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 5. No. 1. March 1999. P. 70—71.
The work under review here is an example of a popular
Muslim publication which is also of scholarly interest. The
ban on the depiction of living things seems to be an inexhaustible
topic in the history of Islamic art. However, this is
the sort of problem that is never likely to be resolved. The
appearance of the work under review here is linked to the
periodically renewed discussion on the possibility of figurative
depiction as such. This topic has once again become
current in connection with the polemics that have arisen in
fundamentalism Muslim circles...