al-Mushattā

Alan Walmsley

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Abstract

Al-Mushattā (“the winter residence,” also referred to as “al-Mshattā”) is an unfinished palatial structure from the Umayyad period located some 30 km south of ʿAmmān in the Jordanian steppe (bādiya). Intended to receive Syrian pilgrims returning from the ḥajj, the route for which passed nearby, al-Mushattā was commissioned during the brief reign of the caliph al-Walīd b. Yazīd b. ʿAbd al-Malik (al-Walīd II, r. 125–6/743–4), who initiated many projects in the Balqāʾ district of Jund Dimashq.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE
EditorsKate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill
Pages141-145
Number of pages5
Volume2020-3
ISBN (Print)9789004413450
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Islamic history
  • pilgrimage
  • visual culture
  • Islamic civilization
  • elite identity

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    Walmsley, A. (2020). al-Mushattā. In K. Fleet, G. Krämer, D. Matringe, J. Nawas, & E. Rowson (Eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE (Vol. 2020-3, pp. 141-145). Leiden: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36544