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Christians in the Muslim World

The Form Disappears to Make Way for the Chosen One*

From the synagogues of Palestine of late-antiquity to the churches of Byzantium, and on to the first great mosques of Islam, mosaics were one of the vehicles par excellence of religious art throughout the Mediterranean. In it the three religions were joined by the same aesthetic language without betraying their dogmatic peculiarities.

* This article is a summary of the preface to the volume Luce dell’invisibile. Itinerari del mosaico intorno al Mediterraneo orientale published by Marcianum Press (Venice, 2011) in the series Il Calamo, edited by the Oasis Foundation.



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