The Qur’an and Islamic Art


Secondary Level

Fran Leap, associate professor of humanities, Seton Hill University

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

• explain how the Qur’anic prohibition of idolatry affects Islamic art.
• define basic terms - Qur’an, tawhid, shirk, idolatry, Arabic, calligraphy,
• use the calligram form to express an idea or image for themselves
• analyze how the Qur’an and Muslim culture have had impact upon the forms, techniques, and purposes of artistic work; explain the historical, cultural, and social context of representative works of Muslim calligraphy, e.g. a sultan’s seal, a contemporary calligram, a verse of the Qur’an, the name of Allah.

(Meets PA Standards for the Arts and Humanities 9.2 A, C, E)

See attached pdf file for full curriculum.