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English Summary The Umayyad Palaces, Between The East And The West

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The construction project developed in the Citadel of Amman illustrates one facet of Umayyad building activity little known until now, an urban organisation imposed from a position of power that is revealed as a model, extended with the conquest, in order to facilitate the establishment of the new administrative organisation. If we analyse some of the criteria common to these two important Umayyad creations, one in Bilad al-Sham, the other in al-Andalus, we can discern common roots clearly linked to approaches that are symbolic or that represent power, which show us without a doubt vestiges and reminders of the forms and solutions adopted in the beginning. To conclude, the influence and survival of forms and meanings developed during the governance of the Umayyads, transmitted in time and space from the caliphate of the East to that of the West is, perfectly verifiable.

Keywords: al-Andalus; Amman; Bilād al-Shām; Umayyad building



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