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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 Spread of the Minaret into Modern Times

The Spread of the Minaret into Modern Times

(p.342) Chapter Thirteen The Spread of the Minaret into Modern Times
The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers developments in the modern world, not only in the Islamic lands but also in Europe and the Americas. Despite the widespread acceptance of the minaret today, certain Islamic communities continue to avoid building minarets either for doctrinal reasons or because they deem them ostentatious and unnecessary. The most common approach to building minarets is to repeat traditional forms using modern materials. In the West, tower minarets appeared at roughly the same time that church towers did in Christian architecture.

Keywords:   Islam, mosque towers, Islamic lands, Europe, Americas

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