Raqs o Salah 1


Salah or muslim prayer is supposed to be a trance like experience that one feels in the raqs or the whirling dance of the dervishes or the planets that orbit around their sun, in Ishraqi Philosophy ot illuminationism by Shahabuddin Suhrawardi, God is LIKE the sun and everything created is a manifestation, like the rays of the sun. In islamic art of illumination the shamsa is the sun or the center and its painted with 24 k gold, which is what has been used in these two paintings.

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Block print and 24k gold leaf on hand-made paper