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Iconic Texts

Nancy Khalek

in Damascus after the Muslim Conquest

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736515
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918614 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736515.003.0004
Iconic Texts

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This chapter describes the literary and architectural processes whereby Damascus, indeed Syria itself, received a sacred “treatment” at the hands of Muslim historians and patrons who incorporated Damascus and its environs into a sacred cosmology aimed at both locating and elevating the Muslim community in relation to the Byzantine world. Analyzing “ekphrastic” or iconic texts (namely geographies, religious merits literature, and biographies) the chapter traces how Damascus was construed by a variety of medieval authors. It also discusses Damascus as one part of a network of politically and spiritually charged localities across the Muslim world, spanning from Jerusalem to Constantinople.

Keywords: architecture; tombs; religious merits; biography; sacred geography

Chapter.  18543 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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