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The Umayyad mosque of Damascus : art, faith and empire in early Islam, Alain George

Label
The Umayyad mosque of Damascus : art, faith and empire in early Islam
Title
The Umayyad mosque of Damascus
Title remainder
art, faith and empire in early Islam
Statement of responsibility
Alain George
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ara
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus is one of the oldest continuously used religious sites in the world. The mosque we see today was built in 705 CE by the Umayyad caliph al-Walid on top of a fourth-century Christian church that had been erected over a temple of Jupiter. Incredibly, despite the recent war, the mosque has remained almost unscathed, but over the centuries has been continuously rebuilt after damage from earthquakes and fires. In this comprehensive biography of the Umayyad Mosque, Alain George explores a wide range of sources to excavate the dense layers of the mosque?s history, also uncovering what the structure looked like when it was first built with its impressive marble and mosaic-clad walls. George incorporates a range of sources, including new information he found in three previously untranslated poems written at the time the mosque was built, as well as in descriptions left by medieval scholars. He also looks carefully at the many photographs and paintings made by nineteenth-century European travelers, particularly those who recorded the building before the catastrophic fire of 1893
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Cataloging source
UKMGB
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1979-
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George, Alain
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plans
Index
index present
Language note
Appendices in Arabic with English translation
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gingko Library Art Series
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  • Jāmiʻ al-Umawī al-Kabīr (Damascus, Syria)
  • Umayyad dynasty
  • Mosques
  • Umayyad dynasty
  • Mosques
  • Syria
Label
The Umayyad mosque of Damascus : art, faith and empire in early Islam, Alain George
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A day in the life of Damascus -- Palimpsests in stone and layered texts: the multiple histories of the Umayyad Mosque -- Tangled memories: the temple, church, and first mosque -- The politics of buildings: the destruction of the Church and construction of the mosque -- Silenced and imagined pasts: the church in the fabric of the Umayyad Mosque -- A vast expanse of splendour: towards a reconstruction of the Umayyad Mosque -- 'Jewelled embellishments dazzle': the mosque and Umayyad aesthetics -- Appendix1: Three Umayyad poems about the Mosque of Damascus and the destruction of the church -- Appendix 2: The description of the Great Mosque of Damascus by al-Muqaddasi ̄in the tenth century
Control code
1247942552
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9781909942455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), plans
System control number
(OCoLC)1247942552
Label
The Umayyad mosque of Damascus : art, faith and empire in early Islam, Alain George
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A day in the life of Damascus -- Palimpsests in stone and layered texts: the multiple histories of the Umayyad Mosque -- Tangled memories: the temple, church, and first mosque -- The politics of buildings: the destruction of the Church and construction of the mosque -- Silenced and imagined pasts: the church in the fabric of the Umayyad Mosque -- A vast expanse of splendour: towards a reconstruction of the Umayyad Mosque -- 'Jewelled embellishments dazzle': the mosque and Umayyad aesthetics -- Appendix1: Three Umayyad poems about the Mosque of Damascus and the destruction of the church -- Appendix 2: The description of the Great Mosque of Damascus by al-Muqaddasi ̄in the tenth century
Control code
1247942552
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
261 pages
Isbn
9781909942455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), plans
System control number
(OCoLC)1247942552

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