Islam didnt need to invent christian opposition to

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Islam didn’t need to invent Christian opposition to images because in 2 nd  commandment (OT); extensive use of icons in Christianity was sufficient to  generate opposition so it wasn’t another religion (Islam) that brought this  realization Muslims: rep of God settles in Islam and lifetime of prophet; believe God is  inconceivable (can’t represent God); mohammed in mecca in k’aba on top of black rock  (where prophet came on pilgrimage and tour down pagan images; where Ishmael  created tribe which sprang to mohammed?) legend= kept image of Mary and Child -Mohammed took care of idolatry in muslim religion - crucifixion  objectionable because showed Christ as divinity—muslims didn’t  like—biggest problem for Muslims (pictures not bad because they portrayed something,  it was what they portrayed); lots of figural images in Islamic art but secular 706-710 (ish) Al Wal-lid—mosque of medina enlarged (minarets) and enlarged  prayer hall mosque of Damascus goes up Anxiety of constant warfare  Apocalyptic texts (reading for Wednesday) Literature really speaks to the tensions of the time Think about rhetoric being utilized and audience it was for
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Dome of the Rock (Jerusalem 691) On long platform called the Temple Mount (Haram es-Sharif) o Platform includes  El Aksa Mosque = furthest mosque from Mecca (1 st  mosque outside Mecca and oldest today) 1 st  major undertaking of Umayyad  prominent site formally occupied by solomon’s temple and later associated  with mohammed’s ascent to heaven crowning glory of the temple mount (literally, figuratively)  platform itself during 1 st  century AD to accommodate Jewish temple but  destroyed in 3 rd  century  original purpose: still under debate even under medieval times o Dome of Rock= not a mosque but muslim shrine for pilgrims (like kaba  in Mecca= 1 st  and still is holiest site in religion); rock is the shrine… commemorates Mohammed’s miraculous night journey while he ascends to  the sky (taken by Gabriel) to Jerusalem—this story appeared in text only  much later;  main purpose of building to describe victory of Islam   over  Christianity  but it looks like the Anastasis Rotunda (theory: nothing else to  model this building on so build a mausoleum to resemble mausoleum)— associating architecture of certain types (centrally planned structures)  adopted visual language to make a statement…krautheimer’s article  o central dome supported by 12 columns ex: mosque design built off of basilica  mosque and dome of rock built around same time More reasons to why built:
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  • Mohammed, Mecca, Islamic power conquers, Hypostle style mosque

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