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In Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus José Miguel Puerta Vílchez analyzes the discourses about beauty, the arts, and sense perception that arose within classical Arab culture from pre-Islamic poetry and the Quran (sixth-seventh centuries CE) to the Alhambra palace in Granada (fourteenth century CE). He focuses on the contributions of such great thinkers as Ibn Ḥazm, Avempace, Ibn Ṭufayl, Averroes, Ibn ʿArabī, and Ibn Khaldūn in al-Andalus, and the Brethren of Purity, al-Tawḥīdī, al-Fārābī, Avicenna, Alhazen, and al-Ghazālī in the East.
The work also explores literary criticism, calligraphy, music, belles-lettres (adab), and erotic literature, and highlights the contribution of Arab humanism to shaping the field of Aesthetics in the West.

Conclusion At the outset of this book we wondered how one could speak of an aesthetic or aesthetics in the Arabic language within classical Islam. We have also focused special attention on al-Andalus, a domain that had received scarcely any attention from historians. The result has been this

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perspective that goes beyond the realm of poetry alone.50 ʿUṣfūr has also pub- lished an excellent study of al-Fārābī’s theory of art.51 One cannot deny that in Arab-Islamic thought, seen from both the Arab world and the West, aesthetics in the Arabic language has not found the place 48 Dāghir, Al

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series are listed at Aesthetics in Arabic Thought From Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus By José Miguel Puerta Vílchez Translated from Spanish by Consuelo López-Morillas leiden | boston This volume is the English translation of the forthcoming second edition of Historia del pensamiento

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composed, as it were, of a series of of the parts: a pre-Islamic qaṣīda by Bišr b. Abī Ḫāzim al-Asadī”, Der Islam 79 (2002); Meisami, Structure and Meaning. See also Raymond Farrin, Abundance from the Desert: classical Arabic poetry (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2011), xiii–xviii, 3–4, 222

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). José Miguel Puerta Vílchez Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University of Granada. He co-directed the Biblioteca de al-Andalus and is the author of works such as Aesthetics in Arabic Thought from Pre-Islamic Arabia through al-Andalus (Leiden, 2017). His research centers on the

–37. García Sánchez, E., “Las plantas textiles y tintóreas en Al-Andalus,” in Tejer y vestir: de la Antigüedad al Islam, ed. M. Marín (Madrid, 2001), pp. 417–51. García Sánchez, E., “Utility and aesthetics in the gardens of al-Andalus: species with multiple uses,” in Health and Healing from the Medieval

available to them—by 66 See D. F. Ruggles, “Arabic Poetry and Architectural Memory in Al-Andalus,” in A Special Issue on Pre-Modern Islamic Palaces, ed. Gülrü NecipoÏglu. Ars Orientalis 23. (Ann Arbor: Department of Art, University of Michigan, 1993), 171–178 and Gardens, Landscapes, and Vision. 67

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