Saturday, September 26, 2015

Judaism, Islam, and Christianity use visual imagery to distinguish themselves

By Asiem el Difraoui and Antonia Blau

Nowhere does the Koran forbid images. Moreover, Muslims also wanted to distinguish themselves from Christianity, which itself debated the issue of imagery for a long time before St John of Damascus finally won the war of the icons. As a Father of the Early Church, a man who was highly knowledgeable about Islam and a minister of a caliph, John of Damascus was himself probably trying to draw a distinction between Christianity and Islam and even Judaism, which is why he allowed the Church to make the visual its principal means of communication. [link]