The Dome of the Rock – its inscriptions and the religious relations in early Islamic Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock is probably the most studied Islamic monument. The architectural forms and features of the monuments and the inscriptions that decorate its walls have been studied and discussed thoroughly by scholars and academics, in many occasion creating a link between the Dome and other monuments. I also have written an article on … Continue reading The Dome of the Rock – its inscriptions and the religious relations in early Islamic Jerusalem

Friday Mosque of Isfahan: interpreting the function of the North Dome according to its inscriptions

The North Dome of the Friday Mosque of Isfahan is an architectural masterpiece. Built under the patronage the Saljuq courtier Taj al-Mulk, antagonist of the wazir Nizam al-Mulk, in 481/1088-1089, during the reign of Malik Shah. The dome includes a variety of inscriptions, but here I want to concentrate on the choice of some names of God … Continue reading Friday Mosque of Isfahan: interpreting the function of the North Dome according to its inscriptions

The Nilometer and the deliberate choice of Qur’anic texts

The Nilometer proves to be important in two ways: on the one hand it is technologically interesting, being an instrument built for the measurements of the Nile. On the epigraphic point of view, it is one of the rare monuments about which we have an historical account clearly stating how the Qur'anic inscriptions in it … Continue reading The Nilometer and the deliberate choice of Qur’anic texts