Crescent Moon and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Title: Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets
Author: Hena Khan
Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Rating: 10/10 🌟
Islamic Content: Muslim Book of Shapes
Concerns: trumpet illustrated on a page but the circle shape of daff is discussed in the text.
Summary & Review:
This Muslim book of shapes is inspired by Islamic art. It touches a few things Islam related, such as mosques, Kabaa, wudu, calligraphy, iftar and more. Just like the first book, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, this one has stunning illustrations. Vivid pictures give depths to every single page in this book. It covers wide range of cultural backgrounds and their Islamic inspired art. Text is written in poetic stances with rhymes on each page. This book doesn't just stick to your basic 2D shapes, it also includes cones, cubes, crescent and octagon. There is a glossary at the end of the book as well as a page with additional information on Islamic art. I do truly appreciate that in this section the author mentions and recognizes the prohibition of depicting God and prophets in Islam. Furthermore, it states the discouragement of Muslim artists using living objects in their art which is why the Muslim world uses other forms instead (ie: calligraphy, mosaics, geometric patterns etc). This informational blurb really gives a glimpse into understanding the religious influence in Islamic art.
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