How do the old Europeans figure out the Islamic culture?
Maybe simplifying a bit, the Muslim culture appeared through what were called arabesque motifs in music, painting, or clothing.
The multifarious appearance of the arabesque was also recognized in the Arabian and Persian stories which had come in Europe and also in the Turkish harems.
All of them have fascinated many Europeans, especially in the last four or three centuries, when the plenty of images of Christian religion were gradually abandoned. The religious and secular ideas occupied the leading place in the European culture, which has begotten the actual Western civilization.
We may say that Europeans partly counters to the loss of their religious imaginary by using the diversity of visible shapes met in Islamic culture. It was found necessary for satisfying the human need of multifarious images. The loans were free of any deep concern about the Islamic religion, though it was strongly related to that kind of culture of visible forms, which has prevented the Muslims from trying to represent their God.
The ideas have still kept a leading place in our time, now under the form of short beliefs or replies expressed through the modern means of communication. However, the Europeans and the Western culture have created their own multifarious imaginary.
Such transformations have led the Western world to misunderstand the Islamic culture. In spite of the former fascination for their imaginary, many Western people believe that Muslims should hide their religious devotion inside of their consciousness, soul, or mind like the Christians did - many of them losing their faith - and not to be bothered by the offensive representation of their belief. Since the European experience of renouncing to the religious imaginary did not prove beneficial for the preservation of Christian faith, the variant of a spiritualized Islam cannot be very attractive for its believers.