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Mirror of the Divine
Art in the Baha'i World Community

Author: Ludwig Tuman
Product Code: MOD
ISBN: 978-0-85398-333-0
Publisher: George Ronald, Publisher
Pages: 326
Availability: In stock
Price: $15.95


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Due to popular demand, this book is now available again at a reduced price. An essential resource for the study of core, universal concepts in the arts. This book derives from the Bahá’í teachings a new, world-embracing and stimulating vision of the arts and their practice.

After laying a broad groundwork to understand the arts from a spiritual perspective, Mirror of the Divine draws on the Bahá’í Writings to offer solutions to many of the practical challenges faced by artists and communities in today’s global environment.


- What is the nature of the spiritual role the arts can play in a new era?
- What are the many ways the arts can contribute to the well-being of humanity?


- How can artists find coherence between their vocational practice and spiritual life?


- Should creative work done in the crafts be regarded on an equal footing with work done in the “fine arts”?
- In helping to build a new, world-wide community, how can artists find a balance between cultural continuity and innovation?
- When translating inspiration into a finished piece, what resources and choices does a spiritually oriented artist have? What are the hidden dynamics at work?
- In a shrinking world, how can artists learn from one another’s cultures while respecting cultural integrity?
- What does unity in diversity in the arts look like on a global scale?


The only book of its kind, it is a product of many years of research and writing undertaken by author Ludwig Tuman. Drawing on over 200 quotations from the Bahá’í Writings relevant to the arts (many of which are not found in compilations on the arts), and with over 100 illustrations, it has much to offer not only to artists but also to all who have an interest in the arts.

Some of the arts referenced include:


Architecture ~ Beadwork ~ Calligraphy ~ Ceramics ~ Clothing design ~ Dance ~ Embroidery ~ Environmental design ~ Film ~ Floral design ~ Garden & Landscape design ~ Industrial design ~ Interior design ~ Jewelry ~ Literature ~ Metalwork ~ Music ~ Origami ~ Painting ~ Photography ~ Poetry ~ Pottery ~ Puppetry ~ Rug-weaving ~ Sandpainting ~ Sculpture ~ Stained glass-setting ~ Stonework ~ Story-telling ~ Tapestry ~ Theater ~ Urban design ~ Wall mosaics ~ Woodcraft

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