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Andalusian Roots And Abbasid Homage In The Qubbat Al-Barudiyyin In Marrakech

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Oleg Grabar?s famous article on the Dome of the Rock made the author to think about domes as the ultimate aesthetic statements of many architectural traditions and as repositories of iconography and cosmology, concepts that both Grabar and the author have explored in different ways in the past few decades. This chapter, on a small and fragile dome in Marrakech, continues the conversation the author began with Oleg long before he knew who the author was. Like most North African architecture, the Qubbat al-Barudiyyin has generally been seen as a provincial variant of Andalusian architecture. In dealing with the Qubbat al-Barudiyyin, the chapter reconsider its various formal and ornamental features from a multiple perspective that reflects the cultural orientation of the Almoravid dynasty, the first Sunni Berber state in North Africa, who saw themselves as the heirs of Cordoban glory and the propagators of Abbasid symbolic hegemony.

Keywords: Abbasid symbolic hegemony; Almoravid dynasty; Andalusian architecture; Dome of the Rock; Marrakech; North African architecture; Oleg Grabar; Qubbat al-Barudiyyin



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