Revue de presse
"As Elias shows in considerable details in Aisha's Cushion, his engrossing study of figural representation in the Islamic tradition, the issue [of worshipping an image] is far more ambigious and nuanced than Bilbical or Koranic condemnations of idolatry might suggest. [He] draws on an abudance of sources, both visual and textual, and in a very wide range of languages." --Eric Ormsby, Literary Review 1 December 2012
Thought-provoking…This important book offers fresh perspectives that might allow us to identify recurrent themes in perceptions of visual culture, whether religious or secular, across the Islamic world. --Marcus Milwright, Times Literary Supplement, 11/10/2013
Présentation de l'éditeur
Westerners have a strong impression that Islam does not allow religious imagery. Elias corrects this view. Unearthing shades of meaning in Islamic thought throughout history, he argues that Islamic perspectives on representation and perception should be sought in diverse areas such as optics, alchemy, dreaming, vehicle decoration, Sufi metaphysics.