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Ana Botchkareva is the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in the Museum's Department of Islamic Art.
Ana Botchkareva, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012
Originally constructed between 688 and 692 under the rule of Abd al-Malik, whom Yitzchak introduced in the previous post, the Dome of the Rock is one of the most emblematic architectural landmarks in the history of Islamic culture. On the one hand, the monument carries a unique and unifying significance for Islamic religious communities over broad temporal and geographic scopes; on the other hand, it reflects the far-reaching extent of intercultural contacts and dialogues that have shaped such Islamic communities over time, on a local level.
This blog accompanied the special exhibition Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, on view March 14–July 8, 2012.
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