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The minaret

Author: Jonathan Bloom
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: Edinburgh studies in Islamic art.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This beautifully illustrated history depicts the origin and development of the most visible element of Islamic architecture: the minaret. The argument is iconoclastic--that the minaret, long understood to have been invented in the early years of Islam as the place from which the muezzin gives the call to prayer, was actually invented some two centuries later to be a universal symbol of the presence of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Bloom
ISBN: 0748637257 9780748637256
OCLC Number: 856037134
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (black and white, and color), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I. The history of scholarship and the nature of the problem ; The Adhan, the Mi'dhana and the Sawma'a ; Manāras and Manārs ; The mosque tower ; Why were towers added to mosques? --
Part II. The minaret in the maghrib in the ninth century ; The triumph of the Córdoban minaret in the maghrib ; The minaret in Egypt through the Ayyubid period ; The minaret in the Central and Eastern Islamic lands before the Seljuqs ; The minaret during the Seljuq era --
Part III. The minaret after the Mongol conquests ; The minaret beyond the Persianate world ; The spread of the minaret into modern times.
Series Title: Edinburgh studies in Islamic art.
Responsibility: Jonathan M. Bloom.

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Illustrates the history of iconic element of Islamic architecture. This title reveals that the Minaret, long understood to have been invented in the early years of Islam as the place from which the  Read more...

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