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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

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

Jonathan M. Bloom

Edinburgh University Press

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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