I love documentaries of all kind, particularly those about health, food, the economy and, of course, Islamic history. It’s so much more interesting to me to watch something that is fact-based because I feel as though I’ve spent some of my precious down time actually learning something important, something that I can carry with me like a treasure and pass on to others during interesting conversation, teaching, or through this blog.
DVD cover- Courtesy of UPF
That’s why I want to share with you Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a documentary about the history of Islamic art, textiles and the historic use of the world’s natural elements by Muslims to construct the variouis types of infrastructure that would eventually characterize Muslim cities and lands throughout history, much of which still stands today and is admired by people throughout the world.
the glorious architecture of the Taj Mahal, inspired by Islamic design. photo courtesy of UPF
What I love about the documentary is that it not only does it discuss the geographic location or structural design of various edifices built by Muslims, but it also goes into great detail about the crafstpeople behind the glorious work they created within the bounds of Islamic values and beliefs. For example, have you ever wondered how textiles were colored such amazing bright hues and how the art of calligraphy was taught to those who painted structures so many of us admire with the written words of Allah (swt)? What about rug weaving and looming?
All of these topics and more are touched upon in this documentary, set to air on PBS July 6, at 9:00 PM EST. Check your local listings for details. Now the whole country can experience this journey which is set in beautiful motion, much like Producer Michael Wolfe’s other documentaries on Islam. And you can get a free copy of the DVD- here’s how:
I’m delighted to be giving away two copies to two different winners, courtesy of UPF. Just follow these guidelines:
1) Enter once a day, if you like (maximum one entry per 24 hours per person) by responding to the questions below
2) giveaways limited to U.S. residents only
3) giveaway closes July 7 at 12:01 a.m. CST
Do you have a favorite type of Islamic design or a structure inspired by Islamic art? Have you ever seen any of the grand masajid (mosques) or other Islamic structures around the world up close and personal? What are your thoughts on Islamic textiles- the colors, the fabric, the designs?
Share your comments below for a chance to win a copy of the DVD sent directly to you!