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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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Manāras and Manārs

Manāras and Manārs

(p.46) Chapter Three Manāras and Manārs
The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the origins and meanings of the words manār and manāra, from which the word ‘minaret’ derives. It discusses how Umayyad and early Abbasid patrons built tall and slender towers that visually and symbolically framed the mosques of Medina and Mecca, and perhaps Jerusalem; the Abbasids also erected towers to serve as guideposts along the pilgrimage road between Iraq and the Hijaz.

Keywords:   Islam, towers, mosques, shrines, Umayyad, Abbasid, Medina, Mecca, pilgrimage, Iraq

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