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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 Minaret in Egypt through the Ayyubid Period

The Minaret in Egypt through the Ayyubid Period

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(p.189) Chapter Eight The Minaret in Egypt through the Ayyubid Period
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The Minaret
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Jonathan M. Bloom

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637256.003.0009

This chapter examines the minarets in the central Islamic lands, particularly Egypt, from the ninth century to the twelfth. Egyptians first built an actual tower for a mosque only in the ninth century. Although Egypt is now a decidedly Sunni country, the Shii Fatimids ruled the land for two centuries and disapproved of building towers in many instances. Thus, towers did not become a regular feature of Egyptian mosques until the twelfth century.

Keywords:   Islam, Muslims, mosque towers, Cairo

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