The prohibition of figurative art only applies to religious art in Islam. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of Islamic art and discuss Islamic figurative work. What other cultures do you think do similar work?
Islamic metalwork is known throughout the world for the great skill in execution that is employed in their creation. View
the Islamic Brazier in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and compare the motif with other
Islamic art is often associated with the decorative arts. The Detroit Institute of Art has a large
collection of Islamic crafts. Visit
their museum and select two objects to compare and contrast. What are the truly Islamic characteristics?
Persia is best known for the carpets produced there. Go to the Oriental
Rug site and describe the process for producing a handmade rug.
There are six basic calligraphic styles in Islam: Deewani, Kufi, Naskh, Riqa, Taliq and Thuluth.
Study the different types of Arabic Calligraphy and describe what makes each different.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in all the world. Explore the Taj
Mahal and discuss what Sir Edwin Arnold meant when he described the Taj Mahal as "Not a piece
of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperors love wrought
in living stones."