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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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Why were Towers Added to Mosques?

Why were Towers Added to Mosques?

(p.96) Chapter Five Why were Towers Added to Mosques?
The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines why towers began to be added to mosques around the beginning of the ninth century – a time when a brilliant civilization flourished at the Abbasid capital of Baghdad, and new social and religious patterns evolved under a series of absolute caliphs who wielded power in a way the late Umayyads had only imagined. Later generations would refer to this crucial moment and place in Islamic history as Islam's Golden Age.

Keywords:   mosques, towers, ninth century, Baghdad, Abbasid, Islam, Muslims

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