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Islamic Arts Magazine | Arabic Version

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Islamic civilisation, represented by intellectual, scientific, and literary creativity through long centuries of human history, has resulted in sufficient principles and artistic concepts to form independent arts with a distinguished character which occupied a counterpart position equal to arts of other civilisations.

Furthermore, they share many aspects including the unity of roots. Over these long centuries, Islamic arts have been in a state of dialogue and interaction with their counterparts. They used to exchange roles of affecting and being affected on a regular basis.

Although many applications have retreated due to the technical and scientific progress of the West, Islamic arts are still alive and continuous in practice. The practice is now applied for different reasons. For example, ornamentations which were originally related to handicrafts and architecture are used in other designs and forms of decoration.

Most of them are used in pure artistic works or in copied heritage handicrafts that gave up their original function. The huge quantities of these arts which came to us, some of them kept in museums all over the world, are witnesses to the past Muslim inhabitation of the cities concerned and are the subject of many researches and publications. Some books on this topic are still available and researches and essays continue to be published in magazines and periodicals. But there is no specialised magazine dealing with Islamic arts published in any of the Islamic countries, reflecting this proud artistic heritage and gathering these writings between its covers. Meanwhile, this has been achieved in the west more than once. Decades ago, there was Arts and the Islamic World magazine and currently the yearly magazine Al Moqarnas.

We have taken an important step to correct this deficit by issuing the first specialised magazine concerned with Islamic arts published in both English and Arabic, and maybe later in other languages. We hope that it will be a forum that gathers all people interested in Islamic arts – researchers, collectors, and art lovers. This forum will urge researchers to present more papers and studies and to increase the number of these researches.

The main objective which our magazine seeks to realise is to preserve the vitality of the Islamic arts and to guarantee their continuity in a modern form. We believe that many of these arts which are looked at as mere heritage stocks - whose place is in museums, libraries, and collections - can be developed and adapted to continue according to the modern perspective.

Any civilisation is measured by its contact with other civilisations, dependent on open and positive dialogue and consistency of principles.

We who are in the field of Islamic arts, one of the phenomena of this civilisation, are keen to support the bridges connecting nations, cultures, and different languages in an age in which communication in some other fields is faltering, and to seize the opportunity of the universality of the language of arts.

This language is open on all sides and without obstacles. Through it, we can contribute to closeness and dialogue between civilisations. We aim to make our magazine refereed within a short time. This is the reason behind selecting a distinguished advisory board consisting of professors known for their achievements in this field. They will evaluate papers submitted for publication and maintain scientific and cultural standards, including the artistic layout of this magazine. This is the reason behind our emphasis that the illustrative figures should be in high-quality specifications and of high definition. We have been determined to achieve this project for almost five years though the idea sprang to our minds along time ago. Today, God willing, we are now realising this dream after overcoming great difficulties.
Dr. Salah Sherzad
Editor-In-Chief
Dr. Salah Sherzad