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Jonathan M. Bloom

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637256

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637256.001.0001

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The Minaret during the Seljuq Era

The Minaret during the Seljuq Era

(p.242) Chapter Ten The Minaret during the Seljuq Era
The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the technical, formal, and aesthetic elaboration of towers from the eleventh century to the thirteenth. During this period, tower builders in the central and eastern Islamic lands shifted their focus from the simple act of constructing a tower to elaborating its size, form, and decoration – the latter through the increased use of patterns, the introduction of glazed tile, and the multiplication of inscriptions. Towers became significant architectural statements in their own right. Muslims erected towers in communities from Syria to China, and from the steppes of Central Asia to the shores of the China Sea.

Keywords:   mosque towers, Islam, Muslims

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