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The Shrines of the 'Alids in Medieval Syria Sunnis, Shi'is and the Architecture of Coexistence,9780748645794
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The Shrines of the 'Alids in Medieval Syria Sunnis, Shi'is and the Architecture of Coexistence

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9780748645794

ISBN10:
0748645799
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
3/11/2014
Publisher(s):
Edinburgh University Press
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Summary

Though the headlines of today's newspapers suggest that the rift between Sunnis and Shi'is is eternal, the relationship between these two primary Islamic sects has not always been contentious. This is nowhere more evident than around the shrines of the 'Alids - revered by Sunnis and Shi'is alike, shrines to the Prophet's family have often served as unique spaces of intersectarian exchange and shared devotion. This book explores the relationship between Sunnis and Shi'is as expressed in the patronage and architecture of shrines, and links them meaningfully to the wider, pan-Islamic landscape of interconnected pilgrimage sites created from these acts of patronage.

Author Biography


Stephennie Mulder is Assistant Professor in Islamic Art and Architecture at the The University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents


Introduction: 'A Road for All Muslims'
1. A Mashhad at Balis
2. Aleppo, an Experiment in Islamic Ecumenism
3. Eclectic Ecumenism: The Cemetery of Bab al-Saghir in Damascus
4. Perpetual Patronage: Four Damascene 'Alid Shrines
5. A Landscape of Deeds: 'Alid Shrines and the Construction of Islamic Sacred Topography
Conclusion


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