The Great Mosque of Qerve. Materials for the History of Architecture and Religious Politics of the 6th/12th century

  • The old mosque of Qerve (province of Zanjan), well-known as a pre-Saljuq and Saljuq period monument, has been the object of a campaign of documentation in winter 2013, in a joint project of the ICHHTO and the University of Bamberg (Germany). The mosque was examined and mapped in a 3D laser scan. This documentation forms the basis for some conclusions on the structural history of the mosque, which comprises at least three phases. Inscriptions mention the dates of 413/1022 und 575/1179. From this evidence and from the extant remains, it can be concluded that the present dome was constructed in 575/1179 over the remnants of an older building. In the style of its architecture and decoration, the dome with its zone of transition shows close relations with other buildings of the Saljuq period in the regions of Qazvin and Maragha, such as the Gonbad-e Pir in Takestan, the Gonbad-e Sorkh of Maraghe, and the Emamzade ʿAqil of Hasanabad (Kordestan). Another aspect of interpretation of the mosque is raised by the other inscriptions, partlyThe old mosque of Qerve (province of Zanjan), well-known as a pre-Saljuq and Saljuq period monument, has been the object of a campaign of documentation in winter 2013, in a joint project of the ICHHTO and the University of Bamberg (Germany). The mosque was examined and mapped in a 3D laser scan. This documentation forms the basis for some conclusions on the structural history of the mosque, which comprises at least three phases. Inscriptions mention the dates of 413/1022 und 575/1179. From this evidence and from the extant remains, it can be concluded that the present dome was constructed in 575/1179 over the remnants of an older building. In the style of its architecture and decoration, the dome with its zone of transition shows close relations with other buildings of the Saljuq period in the regions of Qazvin and Maragha, such as the Gonbad-e Pir in Takestan, the Gonbad-e Sorkh of Maraghe, and the Emamzade ʿAqil of Hasanabad (Kordestan). Another aspect of interpretation of the mosque is raised by the other inscriptions, partly quotations from the Qurʾan, partly single words, which lead to considerations on the religious politics pursued by the Saljuq rulers. Modern literature has commonly connected the Saljuqs with a strictly pro-Sunni policy that fostered the activities of the four Sunni madhahib. However, a closer reading of the sources, as already proposed by Erika Glassen, modifies this picture. The more moderate politics of integration towards Twelver Shiism, which some Saljuqs applied, can be adduced as a background for inscriptions that mention not only the four rightly guided caliphs (Rashidun) according to the Sunni tradition, but also Hasan and Husayn. This way, the inscriptions in the mosque of Qerve pre-empt the Ottoman practice of inscribing these names on calligraphic medallions in the mosque. At least in the case of Qerve, the construction of a domed mosque can therefore not be interpreted simply as a pro-Sunni statement.show moreshow less

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Institutes:Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften / Professur für Islamische Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie
Author:Lorenz Korn
Publishing Institution:Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organisation
Place of publication:Bamberg
Publisher:OPUS
Year of publication:2018
Pages / Size:1 pdf-Datei (14 S.)
Remarks:Sprache der Publikation ist Persisch. Erscheinungsjahr nach iranischer Zählung 1396.
Source/Other editions:Ursprünglich in: Aṯar : faṣlnāma-i ʿilmī, fannī, hunarī 38 (2018) 77, S. 83-96
SWD-Keyword:Great Mosque of Qerve ; Zanjan Province ; Moschee ; Geschichte
Keywords:Iran, Architecture, Saljuq, Mosque
DDC-Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 72 Architektur / 720 Architektur
RVK-Classification:EH 5502
URL:https://opus4.kobv.de/opus4-bamberg/frontdoor/index/index/docId/53850
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-533368
DOI:https://doi.org/10.20378/irbo-53336
Document Type:Variety of texts
Language:Multiple languages
Peer Review:Ja
Internationale Verbreitung:Nein
Open-Access-Zeitschrift:Nein
Publishing Institution:Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Release Date:2018/12/17
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht