Surprised? In this edition of the series I am going to discuss this particularly controversial symbol. I am going to write briefly about the origins and the misuse of this sacred religious symbol, and the usage in the world of Islamic art and architecture.
The Swastika is one of the symbols derived from foreign culture that intermingled with the Islamic Empire. How did this peculiar symbol got into the Islamic art?
History, Origins and Controversy
The swastika is a religious symbol from Eurasian cultures. The name swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word Svastika (स्वस्तिक) meaning “conductive to well-being’ It was used in the Indian subcontinent since 500BCE. However the usage can be seen in many different cultures and traditions, from North Europe, Greco-Roman, Central Asia, to the Far East.
It was seen as an auspicious symbol up until the 1930s, where the Nazis used a version of the icon…
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