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The Umayyad Mosque Of Tiberias

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This chapter presents the major archaeological finds connected to the Umayyad period (661-750) in Tiberias, as well as the main arguments that seem to support the identification of the pillared building as an Umayyad Friday Mosque. By reassessing archaeological findings from past excavations in Tiberias and integrating them with recent discoveries, it is possible to reinterpret some key urban features of the early Islamic period. It has been established that the core of the Umayyad city was contained within the Byzantine city wall, thus overruling the possibility of an Umayyad miṣr having been built alongside its pre-Islamic settlement. Furthermore, by reevaluating a structure previously regarded as a Byzantine market and reinterpreting it as a Friday Mosque, it is possible to suggest two additional elements of Tiberias's early Islamic city center-the administrative center and the bathhouse.

Keywords: archaeological finds; Byzantine city wall; early Islamic period; Tiberias; Umayyad Friday Mosque; Umayyad miṣr



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