Let the Buildings Speak but not Looking Backward from the Future
Beatrice St. Laurent [+]
Chapter 1 revises the epoch of Mu‘āwiya–the first Umayyad ruler–and his vision of Jerusalem as imperial Umayyad capital. Mu‘āwiya’s history is re-evaluated within newly defined parameters of current textual analysis. The primary focus is allowing the monuments themselves to speak their history and messaging within the context of complete access of author Isam Awwad to the monuments over multiple decades and new availability of archival sources.