- Title Pages
- Series Editor's Foreword
- Chapter One The History of Scholarship and the Nature of the Problem
- Chapter Two The <i>Adhan</i>, the <i>Miʾdhana</i> and the <i>Ṣawmaʿa</i>
- Chapter Three <i>Manāras</i> and <i>Manārs</i>
- Chapter Four The Mosque Tower
- Chapter Five Why were Towers Added to Mosques?
- Chapter Six The Minaret in the Maghrib in the Ninth Century
- Chapter Seven The Triumph of the Córdoban Minaret in the Maghrib
- Chapter Eight The Minaret in Egypt through the Ayyubid Period
- Chapter Nine The Minaret in the Central and Eastern Lands before the Seljuqs
- Chapter Ten The Minaret during the Seljuq Era
- Chapter Eleven The Minaret after the Mongol Conquests
- Chapter Twelve The Minaret beyond the Persianate World
- Chapter Thirteen The Spread of the Minaret into Modern Times
- Illustration Acknowledgments
- (p.1) Introduction
- The Minaret
Jonathan M. Bloom
- Edinburgh University Press
This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the history and development of the minaret. It seeks to explain when and why Muslims decided to attach towers to mosques, why they look so different in different places, and what they were intended to mean. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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