The Great Mosque of Damascus: Studies on the Makings of an Ummayyad Visual Culture

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BRILL, 2001 - Social Science - 330 pages
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The celebrated Great Mosque of Damascus was built in the early eighth century by the Umayyad caliph al-Wal?d b. 'Abd al-Malik. This book provides a detailed study of this Mosque. Using textual, visual, and archaeological evidence, the author attempts to reconstruct some of the basic formal and decorative features of the Umayyad mosque, to locate it within its broader urban context, and to consider its role within al-Wal?d's unprecedented programme of architectural patronage. The work explores the intracultural and intercultural functions of religious architecture within an official visual discourse intended to project a distinctive Muslim identity in a manner determined by Umayyad political aspirations. It will be of particular interest to those concerned with the relationship between the Umayyad caliphate and Byzantium.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
ambiguity
15
the karma and
57
The Bab Jayrun clock and the migration of the Bab
114
Topography and intertextuality in Umayyad Damascus
139
Damascus and the makings of an Umayyad visual
187
Epilogue
237
The lost inscriptions of the Umayyad Mosque
247
Bibliography
255
Index
319
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Finbarr Barry Flood, Ph.D. (1993) in Art History, Edinburgh University, is an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, D.C. He has published numerous articles on early Buddhist and Islamic art.

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