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The Architectural Form of the Mosque in the Central Arab Lands, from the Hijra to the End of the Umayyad Period, 1/622-133/750

Thallein Antun
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210pp. Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white: 6 tables, 116 figures (including 16 black and white photographs), 1 map
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This book examines the development of the mosque from the hijra (A.H.1/A.D.622) to the fall of the Umayyad dynasty (A.H.133/A.D.750). The aims of the book are two-fold. Firstly, to consider how those mosques for which we only have literary evidence may be approached for study; and secondly, to trace the development of the mosque in the archaeological record. The archaeological evidence for the mosques at W¢asiçt, Isk¢af Ban³ Junayd, K¢ufa and the Aqâ¢a mosque at Jerusalem are examined in detail; there follows an examination of the form and layout of the various types of mosque encountered in the physical record, and a discussion of some architectural influences which may have affected the development of form. The book also considers those mosques for which no secure archaeological evidence may be cited and attempts to pick apart previous attempted reconstructions of these buildings which were often based on an uncritical approach to the literary sources.

Thallein Antun is of mixed Lebanese and Scottish descent. She holds an M.A. Hons and MLitt. from the University of St. Andrews and an MSt. and DPhil. from the University of Oxford. Thallein has lived in Dubai for the past 10 years with her husband and two daughters.

‘The collected plans from a range of sources, the regional catalogue and the summary chronological tables for the structures covered in Chapter 2 will be extremely useful for anyone interested in early mosque architecture.’ Ruth Young, Medieval Archaeology, Volume 62.2. December 2018