The Dome of the Rock
"This book tells the story of the Dome of the Rock, from the first decades of its creation - on the esplanade built during the reign of Herod for the Second Jewish Temple - to its engulfment in the clashes of the Crusades and the short-lived Christianization of all of Jerusalem, to its modern acquisition of different and potent meanings for Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cultures." "Oleg Grabar's presentation combines what we know of the building with the views of past observers and with the broader historical, cultural, and aesthetic implications of the monument. Primarily it is as a work of art that the Dome of the Rock stands out from these pages, understood for the quality that allows it to transcend the constrictions of the period and perhaps even those of faith and culture. Finally, Grabar grapples with the question this unique architecture so eloquently poses: whether the pious requirements of a specific community can be reconciled with universal aesthetic values." --Book Jacket.
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A study of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock, among the holiest of places for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, this beautiful book combines superb photography and clear, scholarly writing. Grabar (Sch. of ... Read full review
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