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Author Lassner, Jacob, author.

Title Medieval Jerusalem : forging an Islamic city in spaces sacred to Christians and Jews / Jacob Lassner.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2017]


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  956.9442 L337m 2017    ---  Available
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Description xxv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-226) and index.
Contents The Holy Land and Jerusalem : singing praise to sacred space -- Jerusalem in the imagination of the prophet and his companions -- The furthest place of worship : Muslim tradition and modern scholarship -- The Islamization of Umayyad Jerusalem : the role of Muawiyah b. Abi Sufyan -- Abd al-Malik and the Temple Mount : revisiting S.D. Goitein and Oleg Grabar -- The so-called Umayyad administrative center -- The Dome of the Rock and Arabic historiography -- The meaning of the Dome of the Rock -- Religion and local politics : praising native abodes -- Appendix : The early caliphs, 632-833 CE.
Summary Medieval Jerusalem" examines an old question that has recently surfaced and given rise to spirited discussion among Islamic historians and archeologists: what role did a city revered for its holiness play in the unfolding politics of the early Islamic period? Was there an historic moment when the city, holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, may have been considered as the administrative center of a vast Islamic world, as some scholars on early Islam have recently claimed? The book also emphasizes the city's evolution as a revered Islamic religious site comparable to the holy cities Mecca and Medina. Examining Muslim historiography and religious lore in light of Jewish traditions about the city, Jacob Lassner points out how these reworked Jewish traditions and the imposing monumental Islamic architecture of the city were meant to demonstrate that Islam had superseded Judaism and Christianity as the religion for all monotheists. Jacob Lassner interrogates the literary sources of medieval Islamic historiography and their modern interpreters as if they were witnesses in a court of law, and applies the same method for the arguments about the monuments of the city's material culture, including the great archaeological discoveries along the south wall of the ancient Temple Mount.
Subject Qubbat al-akhrah (Mosque : Jerusalem)
Qubbat al-akhrah (Mosque : Jerusalem) (OCoLC)fst00625807
Jerusalem -- History.
Jerusalem -- In Islam.
Jerusalem in Islam. (OCoLC)fst00982326
Middle East -- Jerusalem. (OCoLC)fst01216276
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780472130368 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780472122868 (e-book)

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