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Symbol of Divine Light

The Lamp in Islamic Culture and Other Traditions


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Symbol of Divine Light by Nicholas Stone
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Symbol of Divine Light presents an overview of the history and significance of the lamp in Islamic culture and other traditions. In addition to describing the numerous variants from different historical periods, it also includes an exploration of the famous Koranic Verse of Light and the symbolism of its constituent elements. Containing more than 200 stunning illustrations, this is the definitive study of the history and meaning of the mosque lamp.

Author Biography

Nicholas Stone is an architect, dedicated to using traditional forms and techniques. Early in his career he worked with the Egyptian architect, Abdel Wahed El-Wakil, on projects reviving traditional brickwork techniques--notably at Al-Qiblatain Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Thereafter he worked on domes for the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, involving Islamic craft work, and further dome projects in Malaysia. There, in partnership with his wife, Nazanin Sheikhi, he established a design company, undertaking the design of the atrium of the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya; the design and construction of the prayer niche (mihrab), pulpit (minbar), and honeycomb vaults (muqarnas) for Al-Bukhary Mosque in Alor Setar; tropical house and Islamic garden designs; as well as the design and fabrication of a perforated brass mosque lamp, which ultimately led to the publication of this book.
Release date NZ
March 7th, 2018
Country of Publication
United States
208 Illustrations, color
World Wisdom Books
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