The Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock

by Oleg Grabar, Oleg Grabar
     
 

The Dome of the Rock, the beautiful Muslim shrine in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, was fully restored to its original state in the last half-century. Thus, this structure, sited on the third holiest spot on earth for Muslims, is at once a product of the seventh century and almost entirely the work of our own times--a paradox in keeping with the complexities and

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The Dome of the Rock, the beautiful Muslim shrine in the walled Old City of Jerusalem, was fully restored to its original state in the last half-century. Thus, this structure, sited on the third holiest spot on earth for Muslims, is at once a product of the seventh century and almost entirely the work of our own times--a paradox in keeping with the complexities and contradictions of history and religion, architecture and ideology that define this site.

This book tells the story of the Dome of the Rock, from the first fateful decades of its creation--on the esplanade built in the fourth decade B.C.E. for the Second Jewish Temple--to its engulfment in the clashes of the Crusades and the short-lived Christianization of all of Jerusalem, to its modern acquisition of different and potent meanings for Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cultures.

Oleg Grabar's presentation combines what we know of the building with the views of past observers and with the broader historical, cultural, and aesthetic implications of the monument. Primarily it is as a work of art that the Dome of the Rock stands out from these pages, understood for the quality that allows it to transcend the constrictions of period and perhaps even those of faith and culture. Finally, Grabar grapples with the question this monumental work of art so eloquently poses: whether the pious requirements of a specific community can be reconciled with universal aesthetic values.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
A study of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock, among the holiest of places for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, this beautiful book combines superb photography and clear, scholarly writing. Grabar (Sch. of Historical Studies, Inst. for Advanced Studies, Princeton) describes the dimensions and physical attributes of the building, the beliefs and practices associated with it, and the source of the decorative features. The writing is supported by the excellent photographs of architectural photographer Nuseibeh, who collaborated on The Shape of the Holy (Princeton Univ., 1996) with Grabar. Nuseibeh describes the mosaics of the dome, supplies translations of the inscriptions, and discusses the problems of photographing the area. The volume brings to life one of the most glorious architectural achievements of the Umayyad dynasty and one that is at the center of recent conflicts in the region. This volume deserves to be in every public and academic library.-Martin Chasin, Adult Inst. Bridgeport, Ct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847819423
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
09/15/1996
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
9.59(w) x 12.45(h) x 1.00(d)

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