The empty niche

December 7 2014

In a mosque, in which the possibilities of an educational use of Visual Art were restricted by the Prophet Muhammad’s faithfulness to the second of the Mosiac Commandments, the qiblah, towards which the lines of the architecture skilfully drew the worshipper’s eye, pointed, through the eloquent symbolism of an impressively empty niche, not only inwards in the Space dimension towards the Kaʿbah at Mecca, but also backwards in the Time-dimension towards the Prophet of Allah who had been the human Founder of the Faith.

A Study of History, Vol X, OUP, 1954

One Response to “The empty niche”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    The niches for the Buddha in the Bamiyan valley in central Afghanistan were emptied in March 2001.


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