Seeking God: Islam and its intricate geometry of the divine

Thursday October 03 11.44 GMT

Seeking God: Islam and its intricate geometry of the divine

Geometry in Islamic art

Islamic culture arises from the XNUMXth century AD, when Muhammad Ibn 'Abd Allah preached in Mecca. Art had a strong anchor to theology so that human and animal figures were limited, although not nullified. This allowed the flowering and development of vegetable or astral figures. The mathematical study he also contributed and encouraged geometric patterns to be incorporated into art. Thus, serial flowers and stars decorated and framed different pieces. Mathematics, geometry and art were applied in ornaments and structural forms as a referential language to paradise. Becoming a way of worshiping the creation of Allah or the cult of Muhammad, better known as Muhammad. Geographically it spread throughout the Middle East and parts of Africa. Even in India or Europe it was present in everyday life. They stood out mainly in architecture and ornamentation. Like the case of mosques, where the Lord is prayed to. Examples such as the Dome of the Rock or the mosque of Córdoba stand out. Muqarnas, that is, vaults or half vaults were also decorated in the same way. According to scholars, the most beautiful are found in Isfahan or Topkapi's sketches. In mausoleums those of Qubbat or Maqbara and the Taj Mahal itself stand out. In Chahar Baghs or Persian gardens the proximity with paradise of Genesis was sought. Divided into four generally square sections and a fountain in the center. Another example is the Kashmir gardens built by Babur, a former Islamized Mongol king. It is even thought that the geometric reaches could have reached calligraphy. The same Ottoman sultan palaces joined the mesmerizing patrons.

The geometry and the sacred

Islam and the concept of beauty are linked to the geometry found in fractals in the vegetation. Or in a tree that reproduces many branches, the patterns of the petals of a flower. The same infinite stars. Thus, art is related to theological and mystical thought. God created nature and in it the divine coexists. It is not by chance that men wanted to resort to or reproduce these patterns in art. It is an attempt to approach God by means of earthly objects or objects.