Capitalizing Jerusalem - Mu'awiya's Urban Vision 638-680 - Beatrice St. Laurent

Capitalizing Jerusalem - Mu'awiya's Urban Vision 638-680 - Beatrice St. Laurent

Jerusalem as Capital: Mu’awiya’s State Administration

Capitalizing Jerusalem - Mu'awiya's Urban Vision 638-680 - Beatrice St. Laurent

Beatrice St. Laurent [+-]
Bridgewater State University
Beatrice St. Laurent is Professor of Art History at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.
Isam Awwad [+-]
Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
Isam Awwad is Associate Fellow, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, and was Chief Architect and Conservator of the Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem, from 1972 to 2004.

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Chapter 14 concentrates on Mu’awiya’s intent to have Jerusalem as a capital of the Umayyads—as well as Damascus, al-Jabiya, Sinnabra. To that purpose he initiated construction of a palatial and administrative district just south of the sacred precinct. His first palace was located just outside of his mosque and the Single Gate allowed him sole access to the mosque. Most scholars have attributed this complex to ‘Abd al-Malik but there is now sufficient datable archaeological evidence from a site north of Jerusalem to propose that at least some of the foundations were from the reign of Mu’awiya. Archaeological evidence from the Ben-Dov/Mazar excavations south of the Haram and from a recent excavation in Palace #2 south of the Haram also suggest a Mu’awiya dating.

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St. Laurent, Beatrice; Awwad, Isam. Jerusalem as Capital: Mu’awiya’s State Administration. Capitalizing Jerusalem - Mu'awiya's Urban Vision 638-680. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781781797709. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35923. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35923. Nov 2021

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