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The Shrines of the 'Alids in Medieval Syria

Sunnis, Shi'is and the Architecture of Coexistence

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The first illustrated, architectural history of the 'Alid shrines, increasingly endangered by the conflict in Syria The 'Alids (descendants of the Prophet Muhammad) are among the most revered figures in Islam, beloved by virtually all Muslims, regardless of sectarian affiliation. This study argues that despite the common identification of shrines as 'Shi'i' spaces, they have in fact always been unique places of pragmatic intersectarian exchange and shared piety, even - and perhaps especially - during periods of sectarian conflict. Using a rich variety of previously unexplored sources, including textual, archaeological, architectural, and epigraphic evidence, Stephennie Mulder shows how these shrines created a unifying Muslim 'holy land' in medieval Syria, and proposes a fresh conceptual approach to thinking about landscape in Islamic art. In doing so, she argues against a common paradigm of medieval sectarian conflict, complicates the notion of Sunni Revival, and provides new evidence for the negotiated complexity of sectarian interactions in the period. Beautifully illustrated with over 120 colour images The first study of Syrian 'Alid shrines as critical sites of Islamic pious practice in some of Islam's most important cities Uses architecture to present a more nuanced understanding of the history of sectarianism Utilises an unusually wide range of source materials including medieval Arabic textual sources, spatial and architectural analysis, archaeological investigation, epigraphy and GPS survey

Product code: 9781474446334

ISBN 9781474446334
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
Series Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art
No. Of Pages 272
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
The first illustrated, architectural history of the 'Alid shrines, increasingly endangered by the conflict in Syria