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O'Meara, Simon (2020) The Kaʿba Orientations: Readings in Islam's Ancient House. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. (Forthcoming)

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Explores the Kaʿba as it has been conceptualised, represented and used by Muslims from the earliest period of Islam onwards The first book-length exploration of the Kaʿba in a Western language Explains what the Kaʿba is by examining how it functions architecturally and is represented culturally Each chapter pursues a different aspect of the Kaʿba, presenting new findings and arguments Extensively illustrated, including a number of rarely reproduced images What is the Kaʿba and why it is pivotal to the Islamic world? Why do pilgrims go about it, not in it? Is it empty? And why is a hollow building covered in black silk? The most sacred site of Islam, the Kaʿba (the granite cuboid structure at the centre of the Great Mosque of Mecca) is here investigated by examining six of its predominantly spatial effects: as the qibla (the direction faced in prayer); as the axis and matrix mundi of the Islamic world; as an architectural principle in the bedrock of this world; as a circumambulated goal of pilgrimage and site of spiritual union for mystics and Sufis; and as a dwelling that is imagined to shelter temporarily an animating force; but which otherwise, as a house, holds a void.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History of Art and Archaeology
ISBN: 9780748699308
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 16:09
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/31890
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