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The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom


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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List of Figures
Series Editor’s Foreword

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?

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

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

Illustration Acknowledgments

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.


'Superb...From the aesthetic charm of the minaret, to its sociopolitical implications, this book is a must-read for those seeking to understand the powerful impact that bricks and mortar can have on society.'
- Lisa Kaaki , Arab News

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