Islam, iconoclasm, and the declaration of doctrine

  title={Islam, iconoclasm, and the declaration of doctrine},
  author={Geoffrey R. D. King},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={267 - 277}
  • G. King
  • Published 1 June 1985
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The attitude of the early Islamic state towards figurative representations is often cited as a source contributing to the establishment of officially-supported iconoclasm within the Byzantine Empire in A.D. 726. Islam has generally adopted a position opposed to the representational in secular art, and the exclusion of all figurative motifs from Islamic religious art is clear from the first, yet this attitude is not necessarily to be regarded as intrinsically iconoclastic in the true sense of… 

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