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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?

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637256.003.0006

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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