Byzantium, Islam and the western European        territories of Christendom
Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest,"TURKEY: HAGIA SOPIA, 1852. - TheNave Of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul(Constantinople). Litho...
Medieval or Middle Ages                             17th century intellectuals wanted to distinguish their  own ―modern‖...
The Byzantine Empire             A successor to the Roman state Emperor Justinian (R. 527-565) General Heraclius the E...
Byzantium                     Justinian’s Reign:    Codification of Roman law into 4 volumes, the Corpus     Juris Civi...
Justinian’s Reconquest              535: Theodoric the Ostrogoth’s Kingdom in Rome  overthrown by Justinian.     Justin...
The Mediterranean World under Justinian, 527–565
Consequences                Constantinople threatened; armies withdrawn from  Italy and North Africa; Vital supply line...
Byzantium Conflicts             Heraclius at war with the Persians to take back  Jerusalem (627) Muslim-Arab armies occ...
Leo II & Greek Fire                Leo III used Greek Fire to defeat the Arab  (Umayyad) siege of Constantinople (717-71...
Leo III (717-741)        
Leo II & Iconoclast Controversy                               8th century, most Christians insisted that images were an ...
Byzantium:         Tradition vs. Innovation                                   Religion    Fear of heresy impeded freedo...
Interior of Hagia Sophia
Imperial Gate
Mosaic above Imperial Gate in the Hagia Sophia depicts Emperor Leo VIadoring Jesus.
Islam  
Muhammad: Prophet and Founder                       Born 570 C.E. on the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi  Arabia) Orphaned at ...
Revelations To Muhammad                            Age 41 (611 C.E.) Receives revelations from Angel Gabriel.   Allah ...
Islam                           Emphasizes the centrality of the bond between Allah  and his followers   ―There is no G...
The HiJira                    622 C.E. Muhammad moved to Medina with his  family and followers (year 1 on the Muslim cal...
The Qur’an                           Literally translated: Recitation   Muhammad did not write down his revelations   ...
9th century C.E. manuscript of Qur’an one of the oldest manuscriptsOf the Qur’an in existence, Telyashayakh Mosque, Tashke...
The Spread of Islam              Islam offered rules of conduct that were easy to  understand and follow:    Less ritua...
Age of the Caliphs Expansion under Muhammad, 622–632/A.H. 1-11 Expansion during the Rashidun Caliphate, 632–661/A.H. 11-40...
Mosque of Uqba, in TunisiaBuilt in 670 C.E.The mosque is over 29,000 sq. ft.
Early Schism                   Muhammad never designated a successor Abu Bakir claimed to be Muhammad’s successor   Ab...
Islamic Law                    Core Islamic texts Qur’an and Hadith (sayings and  deeds of the Prophet Muhammad) constit...
Muslim Theocracies             Qur’an is the eternal and absolute word of God There is no separation between sacred and...
Muslim Caliphates              Caliphate = dominion of a successor (to Muhammad)   The Head of State and his officials ...
Four Caliphates Succeeded          Muhammad                        Rashidun Caliphate 632-661 Umayyad Caliphate 661-750...
Rashidun Caliphate              640: Syria, Palestine and Mesopotamia   642: Egypt   643: Persia   Abu Bakir – Oldest...
Rashidun Caliphate: 632 - 661
Umayyad Caliphate (661-750)                        Family from Mecca Created capital at Damascus Covered more than 5 m...
Ruins of Umayyad Palace near Constantinople
Umayyad Caliphate
Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem built in 691 under the Umayyad Caliphate
Alleged Foundation Stone Claimed to bethe site of the Holy of Holies by RabbinicSources dating to 833. Some TalmudicSource...
Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and Dome of the Rock
Abbasid Caliphate 751-1258                             Moved Capital from Damascus to Baghdad in 762 Islamic Golden Age...
Abbasid Caliphate
Emirates After 950
Islamic Art                    Islamic Motifs: repeated in seemingly infinite,  rhythmic pattern extension bounded only ...
Great Mosque, Cordoba, Spain                                       Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest,"Mosque", accessed...
West Door, Great                            Mosque                              Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest,"Mosq...
Great Mosque (784-987)         
Arabesque Style                        Photo by Yves Remedios.                  Detail Of design in Alhambra             ...
Detail of ―Honeycomb‖ Vaulting in the Hall of the Abbencerajes, Photo by Vaughan Williams.
Mosques and Churches           Mosques designed as places of prayer not liturgical worship No images in Mosques Mosque...
Layout of Saint Peter’s Basilica              
Interior ofSaint Paul’sOutside the Wall
Ceiling Fresco: Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls,                     Rome                     
Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Mosque & Cathedral", accessed 8 Oct 2012, http://quest.eb.com/images/144_1578986
Mosque & Church                                                   Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Mosque / Cathedra...
Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Hagia Sophia", accessed 8 Oct 2012, http://quest.eb.com/images/105_1397141
Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Painting Of Christ And Mary In Hagia Sophia", accessed 8 Oct 2012, http://quest.eb.c...
His 101 chapter 7a rome’s three heirs, 500 900
His 101 chapter 7a rome’s three heirs, 500 900
His 101 chapter 7a rome’s three heirs, 500 900
His 101 chapter 7a rome’s three heirs, 500 900
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  1. 1. Byzantium, Islam and the western European territories of Christendom
  2. 2. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest,"TURKEY: HAGIA SOPIA, 1852. - TheNave Of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul(Constantinople). Lithograph By LouisHaghe, 1852.", accessed 8 Oct 2012,http://quest.eb.com/images/140_1707131 Muhammad’s entry into Mecca Illuminated Aachen Gospels, c. 820 C.E.
  3. 3. Medieval or Middle Ages  17th century intellectuals wanted to distinguish their own ―modern‖ age from the period following the ―age of antiquity‖ (ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome in particular). In the ―Middle Ages‖  Foundations of modern political institutions were laid  Relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam were first articulated  Between 500 and 1100 C.E. Western Civilizations are dominated by the interactions and conflicts of these three civilizations
  4. 4. The Byzantine Empire  A successor to the Roman state Emperor Justinian (R. 527-565) General Heraclius the Elder and the ―Re-conquest‖ of Rome Early Threats and challenges  The Sassanid Persian Empire  Conflicts with Rome since 220’s  War broke out again in 526-27 through 532  Theft of the relic of the original cross when Sassanids took it from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 614.  Heraclius routed the Persians (627) and took it back
  5. 5. Byzantium  Justinian’s Reign:  Codification of Roman law into 4 volumes, the Corpus Juris Civilis  Political philosophy; ―What pleases the prince has the force of law‖  A sovereign’s powers are delegated to him by the people  The state is a corporate body not the extension of an individual’s private property  Orthodox Christianity is only legal religion in the Empire
  6. 6. Justinian’s Reconquest  535: Theodoric the Ostrogoth’s Kingdom in Rome overthrown by Justinian.  Justinian’s Army overextended  Drastically strained imperial resources in Byzantium  Oppressive taxes resulted  Distraction from enemies closer to home (Persians)  Conflict with Church in Western Roman Empire
  7. 7. The Mediterranean World under Justinian, 527–565
  8. 8. Consequences  Constantinople threatened; armies withdrawn from Italy and North Africa; Vital supply lines for the aqueducts to Rome were cut (Rome was without water); In 568 the Lombards conquered Northern Italy and some territories in the South East Conflict between Visigoths and Latins in Hispania (Spain) weakened each other. Visigoths conquered and absorbed by Islam.
  9. 9. Byzantium Conflicts  Heraclius at war with the Persians to take back Jerusalem (627) Muslim-Arab armies occupied territories of the Middle East and Persia in the name of Islam 629- 1050’s  Besieged Constantinople 676-678  Umayyad Navy defeated by Greek fire  Among the dead: Eyup, Muhammad’s standard bearer and the last of his companions
  10. 10. Leo II & Greek Fire  Leo III used Greek Fire to defeat the Arab (Umayyad) siege of Constantinople (717-718)  Greek Fire: exact recipe unknown Byzantium conquered much of Turkey from the Arabs
  11. 11. Leo III (717-741) 
  12. 12. Leo II & Iconoclast Controversy  8th century, most Christians insisted that images were an aid to worship not objects of worship.  Iconoclasts argued that honoring images was blasphemy and Christ’s divinity could not be represented visually.  726, Leo III issued a decree against icons and ordered destruction of a statue of Christ near the Hagia Sophia. Constantine V (his son) convened church council in 754 to condemned worship of any images. Created discord with Church in Rome over power to decide church policies  implication that Pope was an idolater. Pitted Emperor against monasteries  Leo confiscated much Church property and wealth helping him to pay for wars
  13. 13. Byzantium: Tradition vs. Innovation  Religion  Fear of heresy impeded freedom of thought  Reinforced unity of Constantinople’s Christian culture in a cosmopolitan urban center  Hagia Sophia architecture emphasized the mysteries of holy knowledge imparted to Christ and to the soul of the Believer Links with Hellenistic past: Byzantine schools based instruction on Greek literature  Studied Plato and historical prose of Thucydides  Aristotle and logic were less respected (ultimately banned in 1118) Tradition prized more highly than originality Preservation more important than innovation Byzantine education open to laity and to women
  14. 14. Interior of Hagia Sophia
  15. 15. Imperial Gate
  16. 16. Mosaic above Imperial Gate in the Hagia Sophia depicts Emperor Leo VIadoring Jesus.
  17. 17. Islam 
  18. 18. Muhammad: Prophet and Founder  Born 570 C.E. on the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia) Orphaned at 6 Caravan travels with uncle brought Muhammad into contact with Jews and Christians. Arabian Peninsula peoples were polytheistic Married Khadija at 25; ran her caravans
  19. 19. Revelations To Muhammad  Age 41 (611 C.E.) Receives revelations from Angel Gabriel.  Allah is the same deity as the Jewish and Christian God.  God is one.  Islam (submission to God’s will) is the final revelation of God to humanity.
  20. 20. Islam  Emphasizes the centrality of the bond between Allah and his followers  ―There is no God but God and Mohammed is the messenger of God‖  5 Pillars of Muslim Religious Practice  Confession of faith  Recitation of prayers 5 times daily  Giving alms (charity)  Fasting (from dawn to dusk during Ramadan)  The Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) at least once
  21. 21. The HiJira  622 C.E. Muhammad moved to Medina with his family and followers (year 1 on the Muslim calendar) 630 C.E. Muhammad conquered Mecca and destroyed the idols of the Kaaba
  22. 22. The Qur’an  Literally translated: Recitation Muhammad did not write down his revelations His followers memorized them and wrote them down after he died Written in Arabic Divided into 114 surah (chapters)  Human beings born in the purity of God & free of original sin  Righteous are promised paradise  Wicked and unbelievers are promised hell  Men and women equal but men are a degree higher than women  Women must veil their bodies Influenced both art and architecture in the Islamic world
  23. 23. 9th century C.E. manuscript of Qur’an one of the oldest manuscriptsOf the Qur’an in existence, Telyashayakh Mosque, Tashkent, Uzbekistan Text from 1st century (HiJira) 7th century C.E. David Collection, Copenhagen
  24. 24. The Spread of Islam  Islam offered rules of conduct that were easy to understand and follow:  Less ritualistic than Judaism or Christianity  Less complex theology Islam welcomed everyone regardless of birth, ethnicity or socio-economic class; Did not condemn material possessions.
  25. 25. Age of the Caliphs Expansion under Muhammad, 622–632/A.H. 1-11 Expansion during the Rashidun Caliphate, 632–661/A.H. 11-40 Expansion during the Umayyad Caliphate, 661–750/A.H. 40-129
  26. 26. Mosque of Uqba, in TunisiaBuilt in 670 C.E.The mosque is over 29,000 sq. ft.
  27. 27. Early Schism  Muhammad never designated a successor Abu Bakir claimed to be Muhammad’s successor  Abu Bakir chosen as 1st Caliph following Muhammad’s death  Ruled from 632 to 634  Sunni Islam Ali ibn Abi Talib Muhammad’s son-in-law and nephew claimed that he was Muhammad’s successor  Led Muslim’s who claimed that leadership of Islam should fall to Muhammad’s kin  Assassinated in 661 C.E. while praying  Founder of Shia Islam
  28. 28. Islamic Law  Core Islamic texts Qur’an and Hadith (sayings and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad) constitute the sharia (path to follow) Leadership  Imams (prayer leaders)  Mullahs (scholars trained in Muslim law to interpret the sharia)
  29. 29. Muslim Theocracies  Qur’an is the eternal and absolute word of God There is no separation between sacred and secular society In Islamic countries, the Qur’an is both secular and religious authority
  30. 30. Muslim Caliphates  Caliphate = dominion of a successor (to Muhammad)  The Head of State and his officials are representatives of the people of Islam  They must rule according to constitutional (Constitution of Medina) and Sharia law. Sunni Islam: the Caliph should be elected by the Shura male representatives of the people of Islam Shia Islam: the Caliph should be an Imam (religious leader) chosen by God from among Muhammad’s progeny
  31. 31. Four Caliphates Succeeded Muhammad  Rashidun Caliphate 632-661 Umayyad Caliphate 661-750 Abbasid Caliphate 750-1258 Ottoman Dynasty 1299-1922
  32. 32. Rashidun Caliphate  640: Syria, Palestine and Mesopotamia 642: Egypt 643: Persia Abu Bakir – Oldest companion of Muhammad Umar (634)  Diwan – Government bureaucracy  Military paid and controlled by Caliph  Conquered peoples do not have to convert to Islam  Imposed an Amir (governor) and an Amil (Financial Officer)  Customs, language, religion untouched
  33. 33. Rashidun Caliphate: 632 - 661
  34. 34. Umayyad Caliphate (661-750)  Family from Mecca Created capital at Damascus Covered more than 5 million square miles at its greatest extent Favored Old Arab Families over converts who were forced to pay the tax for non-believers
  35. 35. Ruins of Umayyad Palace near Constantinople
  36. 36. Umayyad Caliphate
  37. 37. Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem built in 691 under the Umayyad Caliphate
  38. 38. Alleged Foundation Stone Claimed to bethe site of the Holy of Holies by RabbinicSources dating to 833. Some TalmudicSources disagree.The Rock on which MuhammadAscended into heaven and wasAccompanied by the Angel Gabriel toPray with Abraham, Moses and Jesus.
  39. 39. Western Wall (Wailing Wall) and Dome of the Rock
  40. 40. Abbasid Caliphate 751-1258  Moved Capital from Damascus to Baghdad in 762 Islamic Golden Age 762-1268  ―The ink of a scholar is more holy than the blood of a martyr.‖ Qu’ran hadith  House of Wisdom in Baghdad—goal to gather all the wisdom of the known world  Algebra  Medicine (contagion)  Astronomy  Literature
  41. 41. Abbasid Caliphate
  42. 42. Emirates After 950
  43. 43. Islamic Art  Islamic Motifs: repeated in seemingly infinite, rhythmic pattern extension bounded only by the borders of the frame  Reflects Allah’s infinite & uncentralized creation Meander & Frame: expresses the universal theme of both variety and unity in nature Complex surface designs in mosaics and tiles Qur’anic inscriptions
  44. 44. Great Mosque, Cordoba, Spain Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest,"Mosque", accessed 8 Oct 2012,http://quest.eb.com/images/144_1582566
  45. 45. West Door, Great Mosque Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest,"Mosque", accessed 8 Oct 2012,http://quest.eb.com/images/144_1576283
  46. 46. Great Mosque (784-987) 
  47. 47. Arabesque Style  Photo by Yves Remedios. Detail Of design in Alhambra Palace In Granada, Spain
  48. 48. Detail of ―Honeycomb‖ Vaulting in the Hall of the Abbencerajes, Photo by Vaughan Williams.
  49. 49. Mosques and Churches  Mosques designed as places of prayer not liturgical worship No images in Mosques Mosques oriented toward Mecca  Direction of Mecca is marked by a niche  Niche may hold a lamp  Minbar raised platform for reading Qur’an located to right of the niche Church interiors designed to draw worshippers from secular to sacred Sacred images are helpful to establish an atmosphere conducive to worship Ritual of gathering, word, prayer, Holy Communion, sending
  50. 50. Layout of Saint Peter’s Basilica 
  51. 51. Interior ofSaint Paul’sOutside the Wall
  52. 52. Ceiling Fresco: Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls, Rome 
  53. 53. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Mosque & Cathedral", accessed 8 Oct 2012, http://quest.eb.com/images/144_1578986
  54. 54. Mosque & Church Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Mosque / Cathedral", accessed 8 Oct 2012, http://quest.eb.com/images/144_1575704
  55. 55. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Hagia Sophia", accessed 8 Oct 2012, http://quest.eb.com/images/105_1397141
  56. 56. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest, "Painting Of Christ And Mary In Hagia Sophia", accessed 8 Oct 2012, http://quest.eb.com/images/105_1398607
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