Monday, March 18, 2013

Jeddah Sculpture: The Sword

The sculpture is known as "The Sword."  I'm sorry I don't have any information about the artist.  The sword plays a significant part in the religion of Islam. 

11 comments:

S said...

Great picture. But i guess the sword is a more significant symbol in Saudi culture than in Islam. Some muslim countries like say Afghanistan or Indonesia wont display swords. But you see the sword in the Saudi flag.

ayman said...

what have a sword anything to do with islam ?
it may have something to do with saudi culture but not the religion of islam !

McGuffy Ann said...

This is a powerful sculpture! It is said that justice is a swift and mighty sword.

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Ayman - There are all kinds of Q'uranic texts that refer to the sword and spreading Islam "by the sword." Look it up yourself.

Jerry Mc Kenna said...

Do you know what material the sculpture is made of?

Susie of Arabia said...

Jerry - It appears like it could be made of bronze to me.

Photo Cache said...

there seems to be one in every block. i like and apprecite that as a commuter.

Anonymous said...

according to this page in arabic , this sword was made by Rabie Al-Akhras ربيع الأخرس ,A syrian sculptor and painter.
http://www.discover-syria.com/artist/10/%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%B9%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%B3
Thanks
Arch. Ashraf Awad.

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Ashraf - Thank you so much for the information.

Anonymous said...

Susie of Arabia wrote:

"The sword plays a significant part in the religion of Islam"

and

""There are all kinds of Q'uranic texts that refer to the sword and spreading Islam "by the sword." Look it up yourself."

Other than the sword being, at that point in history, a global weapon used in battle, it has no other significance in Islam. A big lie Susie has told is of the importance of using the sword to spread Islam.

In response to this nonsense, A. S. Tritton states "The picture of the Muslim soldier advancing with a sword in one hand and the Qur'an in the other is quite false."

Also, De Lacy O'Leary states "History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated."

Please publish a clarification of this nonsense on your blog.

Susie of Arabia said...

I'm not interested in getting into a discussion about this with you. My original statement was "The sword plays a significant part in the religion of Islam." This sword sculpture is a prominent and well known piece of art here in Jeddah. There are scimitars for sale everywhere here. The sword plays an prominent part in Saudi Arabia's history and Islam as well. Enough said.