THE SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE OF MIRROR IN THE MYSTICAL POEMS AND THE REFLECTION IN ISLAMIC ART; pp. 191–218Full article in PDF format | 10.3176/tr.2021.2.03
As a symbol and mystery, a mirror has been widely used in the work of mystic poets of Iran. From the mystics’ point of view, the universe, in all of its overt and covert manifestations, is nothing but a mirror of God. The art of Islam, where God’s existential appearances exist, wishes to reflect the mirror’s mystery. The present article aimed at finding out the symbolic presence of mirrors in mystical poems and how it is reflected in Islamic art. The research is conducted through descriptive-analytical method and seeks to answer the question: What are the themes of the mirror symbol in mystical poems and why does it appear in Islamic art? Hence, using the method of gathering library information and electronic resources, the findings show that the artistry of the Iranian poets regarding the concept of the word mirror in terms of the unity of the essence of Haq Ta’ala and human’s life is entirely associated to the pantheism of universe. A mirror that has manifested its inner meaning in Islamic art. These aspects in the perfect human being’s life, whose origin is the light of all lights, are a reflection of thousand and a one God’s attributes. They have been mirrored the world and have been manifested in various forms in Islamic art. This is a kind of mirror of the beauty of truth.
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