“Muslim Structures and Pilgrimage” :
- Describe the main purpose of the Hajj in the Muslim faith, and
identify two (2) specific aspects of the Hajj that you find fascinating
or significant. Next, explain the association between Muhammad and the
area of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Lastly, describe the sacred
art of Islam’s key qualities, and explain the fundamental reasons why
Muslim artists of sacred works are reluctant to include images of humans
(i.e., at least in sacred areas). Think of a place of worship (of any
religion) today, and explain which type of artistic tradition would be
more conducive to worship: Byzantine art (Chapter 8), Hindu art (Chapter
7), or Muslim art (Chapter 9).
- How do you think being a pilgrim in the Middle Ages, Christian or Muslim, was different from being a pilgrim today?