God’s love for human beauty, and human love for divine beauty, are explicit themes of the Quran and the Hadith. Muslim scholars developed a general theory of love and beauty that came to permeate religious thought and display its fruit in the various realms of art and literature. Of particular interest are theories of imagination, an ambiguous realm that can pull the soul toward the divine beauty or drive it in other directions.
This lecture will take place in the Council Chamber at the Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ. Please click here for a map to the venue.
Image: Ya Wadud (O Loving One!), c. 2012 | © Soraya Syed
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