Part I : Written by Saadia Haq of The Human Lens
The concept of conserving art and cultural heritage in the Islamicate world is a concept as old as the religion itself but there is a discord between the past and present practices in different Muslim communities. As opposed to what many people in the west might believe, Islamic societies are not monolithic but depict many forms of diversities and identities.
Such find their origins way back from Islam as a faith arrived to regions like in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world. More over we see overlapping practices on promoting arts and cultural patronage and this is because of the existing diversity of interpretations and practices of Islam in different parts of the world.
One of the biggest historical achievements of Islam is the towards poetry and arts particularly calligraphy that is based on elegant form of…
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