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Dome of the Rock and its Umayyad Mosaic Inscriptions (Marcus Milwright) Hardcover Book, (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) 9780748695607
Dome of the Rock and its Umayyad Mosaic Inscriptions (Marcus Milwright) Hardcover Book, (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) 9780748695607
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Title: The Dome of the Rock and its Umayyad Mosaic Inscriptions

Author: Milwright, Marcus

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780748695607

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

List Price in Cloth: $130.00 Our price: $105.99

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Located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock was constructed at the end of the seventh century by order of caliph 'Abd al-Malik. This seminal structure has been much studied but no definitive interpretation yet exists of the meanings conveyed by the Dome at the time of its completion. The recovery of meaning is complicated by the paucity of primary written sources relating to the construction phases of the building and the motivations of its patron. This book concentrates on the most important surviving primary text, the long mosaic inscription running around the interior. Comprising a dedication and date (72/691-92) and material of a religious nature, the mosaic inscription provides vital evidence for the reconstruction of the meanings and functions of the Dome of the Rock. The detailed study of the mosaics helps to place them in the context of Late Antique monumental writing, particularly in Greek. The book makes use of contemporary Islamic coins, graffiti, and other inscribed objects in order to examine the Dome of the Rock in the relation to the ideological concerns of the Umayyad elite during and after the second Civil War.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsNotes for the ReaderFigure CaptionsIntroductionChapter 1. The Setting of the Dome of the RockChapter 2. Initial Description of the Mosaic InscriptionsChapter 3. Mosaic Scripts in Late AntiquityChapter 4. Visual Sources for the Mosaic Script of the Dome of the RockChapter 5. Focus on DetailsChapter 6. Proposing a SequenceChapter 7. Symbolic Dimensions of Inscriptions in Late Antiquity and Early IslamChapter 8. The Inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock in their Historical ContextConclusionBibliography
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