Winner of the 1997 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in the Arts, Association of American Publishers
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1997
"In this lavishly and uniquely illustrated work, Grabar details the architectural history of the city. . . . Magisterial in its inferences and arguments and written in language accessible to a general audience, this oversized book is a splendid addition to recent studies of Islamic art and architecture."--Choice
From the Publisher
Dominating Jerusalem's landscape today, The Dome of the Rock was commissioned by Abd AlMalik in 691, and still houses the Rock from which the Prophet Mohammed is believed to have ascended into heaven. Grabar argues that its construction altered the visual equilibrium of Jerusalem by equating its eastern hill, Mt. Moriah, a key landmark in Islam, with its western ones, Golgotha and Mt. Zion, highlighted by Christian monuments. A close look at The Dome's construction and decoration leads to a new explanation of the building as a Late Antique monument of art that could be adapted to several different and at times simultaneous interpretations. Grabar also offers a unique portrait of Jerusalem in the eleventh century under the Fatimid dynasty in Cairo, when the city was at its peak as a peaceful, cosmopolitan center. Through an innovative computer modeling program, Grabar presents fascinating reconstructions of the Haram al Sharif, taking us down streets and past buildings, of which only remnants exist today.