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Table of Contents of Beauty in Arabic Culture

Introduction

The Religious Approach
The Image of the World
The Koran and the Universe
Ghazâl, the Sufi Way, and the Symbolism of Light
Al-Ghazâl
The Sufi Way
The Symbolism of Light
Secular Beauty and Love
Proportion, Harmony, and the Psychological Factor
Nature and Artifice
Fauna
Human Beauty
Love
Music and Belles Lettres
Music
Belles-Lettres
Context
Literary Criticism
Originality
Imagination
The Visual Arts
The Status of the Arts
The Significance of Artistic Beauty
The Decorative Themes
Images
Calligraphy
Arabesque and Geometry
Architecture and Decoration
Unity, Diversity, and Transmission of Knowledge
Regalia and Luxury
Building or Architecture?
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Literature in European Languages
Literature in Arabic
Biographical Notes

Photo Credits