Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Art and Pilgrimage at the Dome of the Rock

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Alexa Sand

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The Dome of the Rock is considered to be one of the most iconic architectural marvels in the Middle East, and is one of the first Islamic buildings ever constructed. Built between 685 and 691 by Abd al-Malik and located on the Haram al-Sharif, it is one of the only places in the world where Christians, Jews, and Muslims all consider it to be a holy site. One of the big reasons as to what draws pilgrims and tourists to this iconic site is its magnificent architecture and the mosaics and artwork on both the interior and exterior of the building. Because it’s one of the earliest surviving buildings from the Islamic faith, the artwork not only depicts what was happening during that time, but what happened before. This project is to examine the meaning(s) of the artwork and how they pertain to the history and function of pilgrimage and worship at the Dome of the Rock.

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 1:15 PM

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Art and Pilgrimage at the Dome of the Rock

The North Atrium

The Dome of the Rock is considered to be one of the most iconic architectural marvels in the Middle East, and is one of the first Islamic buildings ever constructed. Built between 685 and 691 by Abd al-Malik and located on the Haram al-Sharif, it is one of the only places in the world where Christians, Jews, and Muslims all consider it to be a holy site. One of the big reasons as to what draws pilgrims and tourists to this iconic site is its magnificent architecture and the mosaics and artwork on both the interior and exterior of the building. Because it’s one of the earliest surviving buildings from the Islamic faith, the artwork not only depicts what was happening during that time, but what happened before. This project is to examine the meaning(s) of the artwork and how they pertain to the history and function of pilgrimage and worship at the Dome of the Rock.