Muslims felt that the only way to represent god was the Koran. You could not with a picture of God since you can’t represent God. Christian art has divine beings depicted such as this piece.
Islamic art wants to portray the spiritual meaning of objects and beings not the physical form. Geometric designs and calligraphy since writing was a high status in Islam are used.
Figurative art pops up but it is frowned upon. An example would be Mohammed since he was depicted but as a historical reference for Muslims to learn about the history of their religion. They were not meant to be used for prayer.
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