Saudi Arabian art
Saudi Arabian art should be understood in the light of the country being the birthplace of Islam and to include both the arts of Bedouin nomads and those of the sedentary peoples of regions such as the Hejaz, Tihamah, Asir and the Najd.
The first mosque of Islam was the house of the Islamic prophet Mohammed in Medina. It is the prototype of all later sacred architecture of Islam. In it are most important the floor and carpet that are touched in prayer with the head.1
The Wusum are the tribal symbols of Bedouins found as prehistoric art on rocks in the hills and deserts of Arabia.
- Majeed Khan: Wusum, the tribal symbols of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Education, 2000.
- Anthony Ham a.o.: Saudi Arabia, Lonely Planet, 2004.
- Dr. Muhammed Kamal Ismail a.o.: The archiceture of the Holy Mosque, Makkah, London, 1998.
- Robert Hillenbrand: Islamic Art and Architecture, Thames & Hudson, London, 2004 (1999).
- Marcel Kurpershoek: De laatste bedoeïen, Amsterdam, 1995.
- Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Islamic Art and Spirituality, Albany, 1987, p. 38-40.
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