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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 Adhan, the Miʾdhana and the Ṣawmaʿa

The Adhan, the Miʾdhana and the Ṣawmaʿa

(p.23) Chapter Two The Adhan, the Miʾdhana and the Ṣawmaʿa
The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the purported function of the minaret – namely, the call to prayer – and the places where that function was performed in early Islamic times. The call to prayer was initially given from the doorway or on the roof of the mosque, and later sometimes a small shelter on the roof of the mosque built to protect the muezzin and reached by a ladder or staircase. The construction and use of such shelters continued well into the twentieth century in isolated areas of the Muslim world, where they were known as ‘staircase minarets’.

Keywords:   Islam, call to prayer, staircase minaret, mosques, Muslims, towers, muezzin

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