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Is Figurative Representation Allowed in Islamic Art?

Why are there so few living beings portrayed in Islamic Art? Does it make a difference if it is secular or religious art work, human or animal figures? I am familiar with the Ottoman and Persian ...
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Why do mosques use geometric tessellations as decoration?

An argument for this; is that they cannot rely on representational art, as is done in Hindu & Christian tradition. It would be disobeying the Quranic command against idols. In, a positive sense, ...
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Is drawing people prohibited in Islam?

I am aware that the prophets may not be depicted in art work, but recently I've been told that people can't be drawn either. What are the specific Quran verses or Hadiths that support this? What is ...