The Dome Of The Rock Essay

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The Dome of the Rock is one of the most sacred buildings for Muslims in Jerusalem and around the world. It’s situated in the heart of the old city, on the site of Solomon’s Temple and the second Temple. In early Islamic Jerusalem, the a number of members in the declined Jewish population of the city were once permitted to pray on Temple Mount (Peters 194). After the construction of the Dome of the Rock, however, the atmosphere of the area changed (Peters 194). Jews who were temporarily allowed to enter the Temple Mount area as caretakers exempted from the poll tax were eventually forbidden once again and excluded the from the area that was newly consecrated by the Muslims and renamed the Haram al-Sharif, also known as the “Noble Sanctuary,” (Bahat 93, Peters 194). The Dome’s construction on the holiest site in Jerusalem to the Jews is significant because the Muslims were known to be drawn to a particular rock at the site of the destructed Temples (Peters 196). The Muslims drew a connection of this rock and a regression to the time of the “early Prophets” (Peters 196). In fact, the city and the Rock originally held primarily Judaic associations which the Muslims had claimed and made their own “as part of the religious heritage to which Islam laid claim” (Rabbat 14). Such venerated associations are significant, because they relates to one of the core tenets of Islam--the notion of retreating back to the ways of Abraham, before the scriptures caused a division of doctrines.…

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