This paper argues that, although Islam never succeeded in completely wiping out the use of figural representation in Persian arts, it did manage to have a significant effect on Persian artistic forms and their appreciation. The Islamic prohibition on figural representation resulted in a shift from artistic emphasis being placed almost solely on figural representation (as was the case in pre-Islamic Persia) to a greater emphasis being placed on abstract, geometrical vegetal and floral art.
"The Evolution of Persian Thought regarding Art and Figural Representation in Secular and Religious Life after the Coming of Islam ,"
Macalester Islam Journal:
2, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/islam/vol1/iss2/6