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Creswell Photographs Re-examinedNew Perspectives on Islamic Architecture$
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Bernard O'Kane

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162442

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162442.001.0001

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Modes of Utilizing Qur'anic Inscriptions on Cairene Mamluk Religious Monuments

Modes of Utilizing Qur'anic Inscriptions on Cairene Mamluk Religious Monuments

(p.187) 8 Modes of Utilizing Qur'anic Inscriptions on Cairene Mamluk Religious Monuments
Creswell Photographs Re-examined

Dina Montasser

American University in Cairo Press

Lekegian's photographs of the interior of Qalawun's mausoleum show that at the end of the nineteenth century there was a single wide wooden frieze, divided horizontally into three bands, running around the walls and piers of the mausoleum, directly above the capitals of the engaged columns. Qur'anic verses surveyed on Cairene religious monuments can be divided into eight categories. The selection of specific Qur'anic verses for monuments might have been influenced by the oral tradition of the khutba, one of the most significant Muslim liturgies. Since the 'ulama composed the khutba, they might also have been responsible for the selection of Qur'anic inscriptions on monuments. During the Bahri period, consolidating authority by showing piety was more important than showing off wealth and supremacy.

Keywords:   Cairene, Lekegian, Qur'anic verses, Bahri period, khutba

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