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The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom

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A lavishly illustrated history of this iconic element of Islamic architecture

Tracing its origins and development, Bloom reveals 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 visible symbol of Islam.

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Contents

List of Figures
Series Editor’s Foreword
Preface
Map
INTRODUCTION

PART I:
CHAPTER 1  The History of Scholarship and the Nature of the Problem
CHAPTER 2  The Adhan, the Mi’dhana and the Sawma‘a
CHAPTER 3  Manārs and Manāras
CHAPTER 4  The Mosque Tower
CHAPTER 5  Why Were Towers Added to Mosques?

PART II:
CHAPTER 6  The Minaret in the Maghrib in the Ninth Century
CHAPTER 7  The Triumph of the Cordoban Minaret in the Maghrib
CHAPTER 8  The Minaret in Egypt through the Ayyubid Period
CHAPTER 9  The Minaret in the Eastern Islamic Lands before the Seljuqs
CHAPTER 10  The Seljuq Minaret

PART III:
CHAPTER 11  The Minaret after the Mongol Conquest 
CHAPTER 12  The Minaret Beyond the Persianate World
CHAPTER 13  The Minaret in the Modern World

Bibliography
Illustration Acknowledgments
Index  

About the Author

Jonathan M. Bloom is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of fifteen books and hundreds of articles on all aspects of Islamic art and architecture, including the art of the Fatimid dynasty, and the history of paper. He and his wife and colleague Sheila Blair edited the prize-winning 3-volume Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009) and organize the Hamad bin Khalifa Biennial Symposia on Islamic Art and Culture.

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