Dome of the Rock
Designed by Byzantine architects engaged by the 10th Caliph, the Dome of
the Rock was built between 687 and 691. As one of the greatest
monumental buildings in early Islamic history it is a sublime example of
artistic genius. The dome is 20 meters high and10 meters in
The city of Jerusalem, in which the
Dome of the Rock resides, is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims
The design features a section of an Arabic poem, A Lover From Palestine,
by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
translation is included in the background of this calligraphic design:
'One stormy night I opened
And saw a mutilated moon.
I told the night: "Be gone
Beyond the fence of darkness!
I have an appointment with light and words."'
Civilization and Muslim Identity
As part of its Wake the Dream
program, Yale University Library Human Resources will sponsor the
program, Islamic Civilization and Muslim
Identity, on Tuesday, February 19, 2002, from 12:00-2:00pm in
the Sterling Memorial Lecture Hall, 130 Wall Street.
The talk, which will be delivered by Imam Zaid Shakir, religious leader of Masjid al-Islam, a New Haven-based Islamic Mosque
will be preceded by the short video, “Religions of the World:
Islam”. The video will provide attendees with an overview of the
world’s fastest growing religion including its history and teachings
of the Prophet Mohammed, its practice, the art, architecture and science
Imam Zaid Shakir, has recently returned from 7 years of studying Arabic
and Islam in Syria. He
holds a Masters in Political Science and has taught and lectured on the
university level. Mr. Shakir has also completed several tours of duty
with the U.S. Air Force in Shreveport, LA., and Incirlik, Turkey.
Shakir is an accomplished
artist, and a published poet. He has written for several Islamic
publications, and appeared on national television, Lou Gosset Jr.’s,
“Story of a People;” and Bill Moyer’s, “Now,” which recently
aired on PBS. His Translations include: Adab li Hamala al-Qur’an
(Etiquettes for the Recitation of the Qur’an); and, Al-‘Ulama’
Waratha al-Anbiya’ (The Scholars are the Heirs of the Prophets).
friendly question and answer session will follow his lecture.
Attendees will have an opportunity to have their name written in
Arabic calligraphy. An informational exhibit will also be on display.
This program is free
and open to all interested members of the Yale and New Haven
communities. Attendees are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch. Light
refreshments will be provided.