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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 Triumph of the Córdoban Minaret in the Maghrib

The Triumph of the Córdoban Minaret in the Maghrib

(p.137) Chapter Seven The Triumph of the Córdoban Minaret in the Maghrib
The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses how the cuboid tower added in the tenth century to the neo-Umayyad mosque in Córdoba became the prototype for a type of tower that continues to be built to the present day. The cuboid mosque tower favoured by the Almohads became the type favoured throughout the Maghrib in subsequent centuries, from Tunisia in the east to Portugal in the west. Under the Almohads, towers were conceived as a symbol of Islam triumphant at the height of their offensive against the Christian reconquest of Spain.

Keywords:   Islam, Muslims, cuboid tower, mosque, Almohads

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