The Dome of the Rock: the historical, political and religious motivations behind its construction.
Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Islam; Dome of the Rock; Jerusalem; Art history; Architectural history; Abd al-Malik
Qubbat al-Sakhrah (Mosque : Jerusalem); Jerusalem--Buildings, structures, etc.; Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, Caliph, 642-705
This thesis provides a hypothesis as to why the Dome of the Rock was built. I examine various scholarly theories concerning the construction of the first notable work of Islamic architecture, which was built in Jerusalem during the last decade of the 7th century CE. I argue that historic events and individuals, beginning in pre-Islamic Arabia and running through the establishment of the Umayyad caliphate at Damascus, acted as catalysts for the building's creation. It is my thesis that the construction of the Dome of the Rock was a potent weapon in the war of propaganda between rival Islamic factions, all of whom recognized the unique architectural heritage of Jerusalem that included both Christian and Jewish structures, foremost among them the site of the destroyed Solomonic Temple where the Dome of the Rock would be built.
Clark, Greg 1962-, "The Dome of the Rock: the historical, political and religious motivations behind its construction." (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 255.