aniconic, aniconism

   Aniconism is the conviction that one should or must avoid naturalistic figurative representation. This sort of prohibition can be found in several cultures. As a feature of Islamic art, its intended as as a measure against idolatry. Also see censorship, effigy, icon, iconoclast, iconography, iconomachy, iconophobic, and iconostasis.

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  • Aniconism — is the practice or belief in avoiding or shunning the graphic representation of divine beings or religious figures, or in different manifestations, any human beings or living creatures. The term aniconic may be used to describe the absence of… …   Wikipedia

  • Aniconism in Islam — is a proscription against the creation of images of God in Islam. Other forms of aniconism in Islam prohibit the depiction of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, which is the consensual view among sunni Muslims,or even, in the case of more extreme case …   Wikipedia

  • Aniconism in Buddhism — Buddhist art used to be aniconicFact|date=February 2007: the Buddha was only represented through his symbols (an empty throne, the Bodhi tree, the Buddha s footprints, the prayer wheel). This reluctance towards anthropomorphic representations of… …   Wikipedia

  • Aniconism in Judaism — The Tanakh A number of verses in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) refer to prohibitions against the creation of various forms of images, invariably linked directly with idolatry. The strongest over all source is based on what Judaism counts as the… …   Wikipedia

  • aniconic — /an uy kon ik/, adj. 1. not employing or permitting images, idols, etc.: an aniconic religion. 2. not forming an image. 3. of or pertaining to aniconism. [1890 95; AN 1 + ICONIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • aniconic — adjective Of or pertaining to representations without human or animal form . Caliph Abd al Malik instituted a new set of aniconic currency. See Also: aniconism …   Wiktionary

  • aniconism — (ˈ)aˈnīkənˌizəm noun ( s) Etymology: an + iconism 1. : worship of an aniconic object 2. : opposition to the use of idols * * * /an uy keuh niz euhm/, n. 1. opposition to the use of idols or images. 2. the worship of objects symbolic of but not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • aniconism — noun The conviction that artists should not depict human beings. See Also: aniconic …   Wiktionary

  • aniconic —   a. without idols; (of objects of worship) portrayed symbolically rather than representationally.    ♦ aniconism, n. worship of object symbolising but not representing god; iconoclasm …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Muhammad — /moo ham euhd, hah meuhd/, n. 1. Also, Mohammed, Mahomet. A.D. 570 632, Arab prophet: founder of Islam. 2. Elijah (Elijah Poole), 1897 1975, U.S. clergyman: leader of the Black Muslims 1934 75. 3. a male given name. * * * I or Mohammed born с 570 …   Universalium

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