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Modes of Utilizing Qur'anic Inscriptions on Cairene Mamluk Religious Monuments

Dina Montasser

in Creswell Photographs Re-examined

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162442
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162442.003.0008
Modes of Utilizing Qur'anic Inscriptions on Cairene Mamluk Religious Monuments

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Lekegian's photographs of the interior of Qalawun's mausoleum show that at the end of the nineteenth century there was a single wide wooden frieze, divided horizontally into three bands, running around the walls and piers of the mausoleum, directly above the capitals of the engaged columns. Qur'anic verses surveyed on Cairene religious monuments can be divided into eight categories. The selection of specific Qur'anic verses for monuments might have been influenced by the oral tradition of the khutba, one of the most significant Muslim liturgies. Since the 'ulama composed the khutba, they might also have been responsible for the selection of Qur'anic inscriptions on monuments. During the Bahri period, consolidating authority by showing piety was more important than showing off wealth and supremacy.

Keywords: Cairene; Lekegian; Qur'anic verses; Bahri period; khutba

Chapter.  11095 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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