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The Minaret

Jonathan M. Bloom


Tracing its origins and development, this book reveals that the Minaret, long understood to have been invented in the early years of Islam as the place from which the muezzin gives the call to prayer, was actually invented some two centuries later to be a visible symbol of Islam. Drawing on buildings, archaeological reports, medieval histories, geographies, and early Arabic poetry, it reinterprets the origin, development, and meanings of the minaret. From early Islam to the modern world, and from Iran, Egypt, Turkey, and India to West and East Africa, the Yemen, and Southeast Asia, the book is ... More

Keywords: Islam, muezzin, call to prayer, buildings, archaeological reports, medieval histories, geographies, early Arabic poetry, Yemen, Southeast Asia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748637256
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan M. Bloom, author
Virginia Commonwealth University