Academic journal article Language Arts

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

Academic journal article Language Arts

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors

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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors Written by Hena Khan Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini Chronicle, 2012, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-8118-7905-7

Pakistani American author Khan and London- based, Iranian-born illustrator Amini have created an elegant concept book that embodies the seamless union of the verbal and the visual expected from the best picturebooks. Using attention to basic colors as an underlying scheme, they offer a rich celebration of Islamic traditions. Khan's main character shares aspects of her life as a young Muslim girl. The importance of family and of religious and cultural traditions are emphasized as she faces Mecca and prays with her father, walks hand-in-hand through town with her mother, visits the mosque with her parents, gazes lovingly at her grandfather wearing his white kufi, reads the Quran with her grandmother, eats brown dates as Ramadan treats, gives and receives gifts in celebration of Eid, and holds a silver fanoos (lantern) in the night.

Amini has incorporated key elements of classical Islamic ornamentation into this exquisite book. The book's endpapers offer examples of visually stunning vegetal and geometric patterns, two of the four basic components of Islamic ornamentation. …

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