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The Minaret$
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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 History of Scholarship and the Nature of the Problem

The History of Scholarship and the Nature of the Problem

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(p.7) Chapter One The History of Scholarship and the Nature of the Problem
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The Minaret
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Jonathan M. Bloom

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637256.003.0002

This chapter examines the history of scholarship on the minaret and the problems of studying this architectural form. It argues that while scholars through the years have collected vast amounts of information about the history and origins of the minaret, Max van Berchem's original tripartite division of the minaret's history still prevails. According to van Berchem, to better understand of the development of the minaret as a form in Islamic architecture, its philological, formal, and functional aspects must be studied separately. The chapter also discusses three assumptions that seem to have restricted further research.

Keywords:   towers, mosques, architectural form, Muslims Islam, prayer, Max van Berchem

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